New Documents Show Mark Felt Pretended to Search for ‘Deep Throat’

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By: E&P Staff

Back in the day, W. Mark Felt was more than Deep Throat — he was also, at times, engaged in (supposedly) outing and stopping Deep Throat before he leaked again. He even staged a fake interrogation of Bob Woodward.

All this and more is included in an article for The Nation, mainly based on FBI documents — some written by Felt — the magazine obtained from FBI Archives. In a sense, authors David Corn and Jeffrey Goldberg point out, Felt was both leaker and plumber.

They detail how FBI Director L. Patrick Gray in the summer of 1972, shortly after the Watergate break-in and Felt?s first chats with Woodward, ordered Assistant Director Charles Bates to personally grill suspects under oath. When Gray was out of town, White House counsel John Dean would ask Felt to stop the leaks.

On Sept. 11, 1972, Felt wrote a memo suggesting that Woodward and Bernstein “might have been receiving secret FBI information from someone outside the FBI. Deep Throat was shrewdly taking this opportunity to direct suspicion toward another Woodward and Bernstein leaker.?

In the same memo, ?Felt noted that the county prosecutor
in Miami, Richard Gerstein, might be the Post’s main source?To search for the Post’s leaker(s), Felt instructed the FBI’s Special Agent-in-Charge (SAC) in Miami to interview every FBI official who had been in contact with Gerstein….In retrospect, Felt’s memo looks like an attempt to convince Pat Gray and other senior officials at the bureau that he was on top of the leak issue.?

At one point, Felt even officially met with Woodward — in what appears to have been another move to cover himself. ?It now seems obvious that Felt (probably with Woodward’s cooperation) staged this meeting to make it look as if Felt was not assisting Woodward,? the Nation writers note.

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