Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Mark Felt headed Deep Throat investigation

from The Nation: How Deep Throat Fooled the FBI

The recent dramatic revelation about W. Mark Felt--the former top FBI man who has confessed to being Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's secret source during the Watergate scandal--has yielded what seems to be the final chapter in the Deep Throat saga, and thus the conclusion to a three-decade-long whodunit rich in detail, psychology and irony.

But 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. From this vantage point Felt, who had developed espionage skills running FBI counterintelligence operations against German spies in World War II, was able to watch his own back and protect his ability to guide the two reporters whose exposés would help topple the President he served.


See, this is the part of the story the Bushseviks are down with -- it leads to things like making Alberto Gonzales the chief investigator of torture allegations at Gitmo. Or Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris the leaders in election reform. Or Tom DeLay spearheading election reform.

What on earth happened to the Tom deLay story while I was gone, anyhow?

1 Comments:

Blogger Dr. Bloor said...

Tom deLay...that was the Runaway Bride's fiance, right?

7:36 PM  

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