Saturday, May 26, 2012

Watergate and the "Deep Throat" Garage in Rosslyn


Even when I was 8 years old I had a vague understanding of the Watergate scandal, and I knew, like so many other Americans, we had a corrupt (indeed, criminal) president, Richard Nixon.  We know now, with certainty, he was more corrupt than we ever imagined based on the release of the Watergate tapes.  I will not go in to all that here.  Those responsible for bringing him and his administration down did it largely from this obscure parking garage in the Rosslyn area of Arlington, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.  I got goosebumps when I entered the garage with my son, explaining Watergate to him as we descended to the D-Level, and to parking space D-32. 



In the top picture at the far end of the aisle on the left is parking space D32.  In the bottom picture the space before the column with the black and yellow tape (a temporary historical marker) is D-32, the spot where Mark Felt (a.k.a. Deep Throat), the second in command at the FBI was leaking information from the official investigation of the Nixon administration and their obstruction of justice to Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward.  They met at least six times at this parking space. 



Your humble blogger at parking space D-32, sweating and hot after trekking through the sweltering heat  in search of this historical parking space. 




Above is the temporary historical marker on the column next to the parking space and below is a permanent sign outside the building.


2 comments:

  1. Fascinating! I wonder why they chose that spot, and in fact, met at the same spot so many times. You'd think they would have mixed it up a bit.

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  2. What I've read is they met here at 2:00 a.m. Woodward lived in Dupont Circle at the time and Felt would leave him a message in his subscription of the New York Times at his apartment, or Woodward would move a pot on his window to signal to Felt. Real cloak and dagger stuff. I am thinking about planning an entire day around political and historical intrigue in Washington, D.C.

    This spot is basically across the street from the Rosslyn Metro stop and the Circulator Bus from Georgetown-Union Station (which we rode for $1 each) stops within sight of the garage. It is within a 5-10 minute walk from the Iwo Jima Memorial and a 15 minute walk from the Teddy Roosevelt Memorial on the island. As you can see in the picture, the weekend parking rate in $6 for a day!

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