There’s a new twist in the Deep Throat saga. American magazine The Nation is reporting that Deep Throat – the former top FBI man Mark Felt – was himself in charge of finding the source of Woodward and Bernstein’s Watergate scoops during the Watergate scandal.

Felt’s role as the most famous anonymous source in US history was even more complex and intrigue-loaded than the newly revised public account suggests.

According to originally confidential FBI documents – some written by Felt – that were obtained by The Nation from the FBI’s archives, Felt played another heretofore unknown part in the Watergate tale: He was, at heated moments during the scandal, in charge of finding the source of Woodward and Bernstein’s Watergate scoops. In a twist worthy of le Carré, Deep Throat was assigned the mission of unearthing – and stopping – Deep Throat.

This placed Felt, who as the FBI’s associate director oversaw the bureau’s Watergate probe, in an unusual position. He was essentially in charge of investigating himself.

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