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Co-author sues 'Deep Throat'

July 8, 2006 at 11:54 AM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) -- A federal lawsuit filed in Washington claims W. Mark Felt, Watergate's "Deep Throat," tricked his co-author into signing away his rights to their book.

Ralph de Toledano's suit says Felt, his son and their attorney concealed their intention to disclose Felt was indeed Deep Throat in an update of the 1979 memoir, "The FBI Pyramid," the Washington Times reported Saturday.

In the original version, Felt denied he was Deep Throat.

Felt's attorney, John D. O'Connor, gave de Toledano $5,000 for his interest in the memoir in 2005, saying the Felts wanted to "update" the memoir, the lawsuit alleges.

O'Connor then wrote an article for Vanity Fair magazine, disclosing Felt was indeed the source who leaked information about the FBI's involvement in the Watergate scandal. O'Connor also worked with Felt and his son on the updated memoir, including the Deep Throat information. The revised book, retitled "A G-Man's Life" was published this year.

Felt's confession increased the value of the book rights to $1 million, de Toledano said in his lawsuit.

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