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CNN) -- The revelation that retired FBI official W. Mark Felt was "Deep Throat," the famous confidential source in the Watergate scandal, ended more than three decades of speculation and drew new attention to his role in the story.
Vanity Fair magazine reported Tuesday that Felt, now 91, had come forward as the mysterious informant who provided crucial information to Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.
Felt was the No. 2 official at the FBI in the early 1970s.
Felt gave Woodward information on "deep background" and met him often in D.C. parking garages. The Deep Throat nickname, coined by a Post editor, was a play on the phrase and a popular porn movie by the same name.
The break-in occurred shortly after Felt's supporter and mentor, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, died.
"Felt himself had hopes that he would be the next FBI director, but Nixon instead appointed an administration insider, assistant attorney general L. Patrick Gray, to the post," the Post said.
It was Felt's unhappiness with the way the administration meddled with the FBI's investigation into the break-in under Gray that apparently led him to leak information about it to the Post.