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Deep Throat almost unmasked 30 years ago

July 1, 2005 at 9:05 AM

WASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) -- The identity of Deep Throat, the key source in the Washington Post's Watergate expose, was almost revealed nearly 30 years ago, a new book says.

In "The Secret Man," Bob Woodward's upcoming book on his relationship with W. Mark Felt, the author writes he learned in 1976 Felt nearly gave himself away during grand jury testimony, the Washington Post said Friday. The book, which adds numerous revealing details to the well-known story, is to be published next week.

Woodward, now a Post assistant managing editor, writes Stanley Pottinger, the then-assistant attorney general, asked Felt, who had been the No. 2 man at the FBI, if he was Deep Throat. Felt initially said, "No," but his stunned look alerted Pottinger to the probability Felt was lying, the book says. He then reminded Felt he was under oath and asked whether he wanted the question withdrawn. Felt sought the withdrawal.

Deep Throat's identity was revealed in a Vanity Fair article a month ago.

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