Report: Rev. Al Sharpton was FBI informant

Rev. Al Sharpton with the National Action Network gives the keynote speech at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Saturday August 24, 2013. (KENT D. JOHNSON / KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM)

Rev. Al Sharpton with the National Action Network gives the keynote speech at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Saturday August 24, 2013. (KENT D. JOHNSON / KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM)

Rev. Al Sharpton, who has made a career out of criticizing authority, was once a paid informant for the FBI, according to a report by The Smoking Gun.

The website says it looked at unsealed FBI affidavits and interviewed law enforcement officials who allegedly “worked” with Sharpton to secretly tape conversations of the powerful Gambino mob family in the 1980s.

Sharpton said Tuesday he cooperated with the FBI, but does not consider himself an informant.

On Twitter, Sharpton unleashed a rhyme. “I am not a rat. I am a cat, I chase rats thugs, gangsters, bigots, drug dealers. Bad cops whoever out of our community. That is right,” he tweeted from his verified social media account.

Even critics admit the activist has had a colorful life.

He got off to a rough start in New York City.

While a child preacher, Sharpton’s dad left the family to start another family with Sharpton’s older half-sister (you read that right). Sharpton’s mom became a maid, had to go on welfare and moved her family to public housing.

He’s now the host of an MSNBC news program and so highly respected even the president of the U.S. seeks his counsel.

Investigators told The Smoking Gun that Sharpton “deftly extracted information from wiseguys” that was used to get authorization for several phone tapping operations. Information from the wiretaps led to multiple convictions of Mafia members and associates.

It’s a fascinating tale, and seems to be supported by documents, but Sharpton has said he never worked as an informant. When The Smoking Gun asked Sharpton specifically about taping conversations for the FBI, Sharpton was noncommittal

“I’m not saying yes, I’m not saying no,” said the Baptist preacher.

Why would Sharpton put his life in danger to help the FBI? To not be prosecuted, says The Smoking Gun, who alleges “Sharpton was secretly recorded in meetings with an FBI undercover agent posing as a wealthy drug dealer seeking to promote boxing matches.”

In that meeting, Sharpton did not negotiate the purchase of drugs, but was told by the FBI they may be able to prosecute him on conspiracy charges.

After that, Sharpton allegedly agreed to help the feds as “CI-7,” aka Confidential Informant 7, and the FBI went to unusual lengths to conceal his identity.

His relationship with the FBI allegedly ended in the late 1980s when Sharpton became “radioactive” to the agency by representing Tawana Brawley, a 15-year-old girl who falsely claimed she had been raped by white police officers.

In his 2013 book, “The Rejected Stone,” Sharpton wrote he was once “set up by the government,” whose agents leaked “false information” that “could have gotten me killed.”

Don’t believe everything you read is always good advice.

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Andy

April 8th, 2014
10:36 am

Snitches get stitches.

Don't Tread

April 8th, 2014
10:42 am

If Sharpton’s dad left the family to start another family with Sharpton’s older half-sister, he really didn’t leave the family, did he?

And if 0bama is seeking the counsel of the Al and Jesse Travelin’ Race-Baitin’ Circus, he’s clueless, racist, or both (but that’s not exactly a surprise).

WOW

April 8th, 2014
11:14 am

@Andy

Snitches dig DITCHES

Brace4impactz

April 8th, 2014
11:19 am

Love him or hate him, he deserves credit for walking the walk and talking the talk. He’s marched at the forefront of protests in places where I’d been afraid to ride through in a humvee. I don’t particularly care for any talking heads, but at least he’s not a scared shivering chihuahua, like most of them. Most talking heads talk a lot of inflammatory smack and hardly show their faces in public, except in highly scripted and protected venues. I guess if he was once rubbing elbows with the Gambino’s, it’s no wonder why he isn’t afraid to confront his critics and enemies face to face in the streets.

Myke Hawke

April 8th, 2014
11:34 am

Sharpton is a thug and scumbag. He has helped to set race relations backwards. Disgraceful human being.

joe

April 8th, 2014
11:45 am

Ah ha…weasel turncoat. I wonder how many of his “friends” ended up behind bars thanks to him. What a pathetic racist scumbag…

Two Face

April 8th, 2014
12:15 pm

Who made Al Sharpton the “voice” for African Americans.

Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson (et al.) are just trying to line their own pockets.

If they truly cared or wanted to make a difference to improve the African American community why don’t we see them marching about:

1. The lack of jobs.
2. The high drug use and aids in our community.
3. The high % of un wed mothers – and or kids growing up without fathers in the home.
4. The poor education system in our community.
5. The high crime and lack of police presence in our community.

Have you ever seen these two (et al.) marching for these causes HELL NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHY????????????

Think about it folks – they are a bunch of phonies……………………………

Two Face

April 8th, 2014
12:20 pm

But wait….. if a cause or a protest (of an action or lack of) will get them on TV – then let’s get on board.

I.E. Trevon Martin

The Duke Lacrosse rapists
Tawaner Brawley – in which Al had to settle a defamation lawsuit.

Wow – if folks can see through the smoke and mirrors of these guys…

They don’t care about nobody but themselves.

How’s you son (that you had out of wed lock) Jessie….

What a joke………..

Major Downing

April 8th, 2014
12:24 pm

Love him or hate him. How many of you have helped anyone or even tried? Blah, blah blah, yada, yada, yada

Dasdguy

April 8th, 2014
12:33 pm

Somewhere there are a group of Wiseguys scratching their head. ‘Who ?’

BlackCuckConners

April 8th, 2014
12:40 pm

I am with Major Downing. Love him or hate him What the hell has Any of you on this blog done for anybody but yourselves? STFU.

dougmo2

April 8th, 2014
12:52 pm

He may not be a rat but he is a horses arse.

Sticks

April 8th, 2014
12:55 pm

“….so highly respected even the president of the U.S. seeks his counsel.”

Now that’s funny!

zeke

April 8th, 2014
1:07 pm

Maybe not a rat, but, ONE OF THE BIGGEST BIGOTED RACIST EXTORTIONISTS THERE IS!!!!

ronnie reagan

April 8th, 2014
1:09 pm

I think this article supports Rev. Al’s sudden weight loss, he preparing for the Witness Protection Plan.

DollarDawg

April 8th, 2014
1:10 pm

Conners you may be surprised how many of us help those less fortunate than us in many ways but who do it quietly. Some of the greatest works in the Kingdom of God were done very quietly. It is a great example to follow.

By serving this way we ensure the focus remains on God and not on man. Perhaps the good reverend should try it sometime. One can only hope and pray that, if he does, he finds the experience so rewarding he continues to work tirelessly…and quietly.

Jesse J.

April 8th, 2014
1:16 pm

How fitting that MSNBC made him one of their “stars.”

Snake Oil Salesman

April 8th, 2014
1:19 pm

Awful, Awful, Awful

April 8th, 2014
1:22 pm

One of the worst, if not the worst human beings in America. A bigoted, hate mongering racist ah. Why in the world would anyone or any company give money to this thug?

wrestler

April 8th, 2014
1:26 pm

He just saying all that crap so the mafia doesn’t come after his butt. AL looks out for AL and nobody else. Now that this is out, do not be surprised if mysteriously has a “tragic accident”……

Roekest

April 8th, 2014
1:30 pm

I laughed at his rhyme when he claimed to chase bad guys out of the hood. Last I saw, he wasn’t holding national press conferences about black-on-black crime or the high rate of teen pregnancy in the hood.

Hairlip Jackson

April 8th, 2014
1:31 pm

Mmmm mmmt mwying to mine mmmmy mockets!

TBone

April 8th, 2014
1:35 pm

Al, you have been a race pimping rat for a long, long time.

Clint Likker

April 8th, 2014
1:41 pm

“So highly respected that the presidents seeks his council”
I could hardly type for rolling on the floor laughing at that. Council on what? What lie to tell next?
You crack me up.

LadyGAGADawg

April 8th, 2014
1:54 pm

No, he’s not a “rat”, but he is a snake, and a chameleon, and a skunk, and an animal called a “racist” !

richard "dick" head

April 8th, 2014
1:59 pm

him and the rev. Jackson learned a long time ago race baiting pays well in this country,just look at their limo’s,mansions and private jets

southfultonguy

April 8th, 2014
2:06 pm

The term is stool pigeon

oleballcoach

April 8th, 2014
2:17 pm

All of you that are sitting talking about him are just like him. You sit here and call a man all types of names…..well I you are all the same as how you see Sharpton.

Wilbur

April 8th, 2014
2:18 pm

No big surprise. This bigot made a big name for himself getting blacks to kill Jews back in the 1980s. When these types of bigots are embraced by the US ruling class and the mass media they corrupt, you know that you’re looking at a government stooge (in this case one that facilitates divide and conquer).

Myke Hawke

April 8th, 2014
2:20 pm

Al is the kind of fellow I would like to see water boarded and then drawn and quartered. It would be a fine pay per view to raise money to pay for reparations due to the debacle that the Obama presidency has caused.

Malcolm Sturtevant

April 8th, 2014
2:21 pm

Hey Al, payback sucks, huh? You hypocrit.

Andy

April 8th, 2014
2:24 pm

“I’m not a rat”

That’s hilarious because the worst thing you can be up in da ‘hood is a rat.

Mama Says

April 8th, 2014
2:25 pm

I think it says a lot that he was trusted enough by the Mob to have candid conversations, much less conversations that would provide probable cause for wire taps.

And the thought that 75% of the black community listen to this crook is even more telling toward our inability to resolve race issues.

bucket

April 8th, 2014
2:38 pm

Sharpton is another example of someone who gets a pass because he toes the Democrat party line. If he ever steps out of line the national press will bury him like they should have done a long time ago.

Truebluedem

April 8th, 2014
2:40 pm

I recall an old gangster movie where someone said: “the only good rat is a dead rat!”…. Mr Sharpton will be wise to be watching his back…some of those NY mobsters may decide to pay him a visit.

Mike

April 8th, 2014
2:41 pm

You know they said the same thing about Ali and MLK. The problem was the FBI led by the man in a dress started the rumors. So if you can’t get them one way just make up a lie and use the media to spread it.

John

April 8th, 2014
2:52 pm

A rat? I’ve never understood how someone is called a rat for “snitching” out thugs and criminals. If he “ratted” out the Gambino family. . . . . isn’t that a good thing?
Our society should NEVER stand for someone being called a rat. Usually the “rat” is doing us all a favor and getting POS off the street, especially ones who have terrorized and taken advantage of innocent people. Takes a lot of courage. And if he was doing this for immunity. Good for him. he still helped put some major thugs behind bars.

Bumper

April 8th, 2014
3:16 pm

“…so highly respected even the president of the U.S. seeks his counsel.”

At first that seems rather disturbing, but then you remember he also sought counsel from Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

HypoRICHT

April 8th, 2014
3:18 pm

GA in a glass house

April 8th, 2014
3:25 pm

And the opinion of the GA hill-billy inbred society matters why?

Bernie31

April 8th, 2014
3:30 pm

I wonder how many of the Posters above are in Church every Sunday and call themselves God Fearing Christians who are Followers of Jesus’s word?

I wonder what Jesus would have to say about them too….Hmmmmmmmm!

Surely there are more than a Few who have less than a STELLAR Crimminal record of wrong doing and a few who have yet to be uncovered and discovered as Frauds. Hmmmmmmm!

A few of you have Family Members who do not look like AL and they are in PRISON NOW! A few sons and daughters too!

uh..huh.

The Geezer

April 8th, 2014
3:30 pm

When CNN put him on the payroll I canceled my cable service and went with a digital antenna, Obviously the cable stations were making too much money and had more dollars than sense.

Send a message to CNN and Fox too. Cancel your cable service and put up an antenna, The signals are all digital now and if you are within 30 miles of Atlanta you will get great reception.

Jack Mehoff

April 8th, 2014
3:31 pm

The guys is a peice of $hit and its shamefiul that the President associates with him, but associating with Bill Ayers and Rev Wright never hurt him/

The Geezer

April 8th, 2014
3:34 pm

HypoRICHT is probably a Master Baiter if you know what I mean

Billy

April 8th, 2014
3:35 pm

Well, anyone who thinks people like Sharpton and company “help” matters, I’m sure I wouldn’t be impressed by it, like many others are not impressed by it. Tell ya what; here’s a short but meaning list of improvements: stop falsely accusing whites of racism. The only racism that now exists is being created by your present day actions. Act right, get treated right. Act like an animal, get treated like an animal. There’s the solution, not marches, reparations, affirmative action, and other BS. A close second is, accept JC into your life and go to church and strive to be a person that BLESSES people at every opportunity. Yes, even WHITE people. You reap what you sow; if you’re sowing hatred, false accusations, bias, mistreatment, then you’re reap injustice and worse. Sow corn, reap corn. Sow poison ivy, reap an itchfest. Those two things are what the “civil rights” community ought to be doing, not racist, hypocritical jackxxx nonsense, and then hoping that after you’ve poured poison on all your perceived enemies all day that somehow, against nature and the direct involvement of the Almighty, you expect something positive in your lives. I didn’t say it was easy, and I personally know that for a fact…

Sluggo

April 8th, 2014
3:44 pm

The names “Bernie” and “Jesus” should never appear in the same post.

partlycloudy

April 8th, 2014
3:44 pm

What is so funny is that so many politicians and news figures, both white and black, are not what they say they are. Al’s a snitch. But wow, he’s lost a lot of weight since the old days. Those old pix are disturbing.
Meanwhile, did you guys know that his back then right hand man, Alton Maddox, was from Newnan? He spent one year at UGA law and then either quit or flunked out. Next time I saw Alton he was on the news on the Brownley rape case in NYC. Shadowing Sharpton around. Wonder if Alton snitched too?

DawnKayng from JawJa

April 8th, 2014
4:46 pm

Because your exposing and confronting racism makes YOU a racist.

Only in Amerikkka.

alan

April 8th, 2014
5:12 pm

Oh yeah, he is a rat. Why would anyone make that up.

Bernie31

April 8th, 2014
5:14 pm

My Tribe goes to Church to learn how to lie, cheat and steal. We are Entitlec to it All. God don’t Judge us because that would be Racist. Anyone that does not Worship the Rev Al is Racist Just like those that want Beverly Hall to go to Trial before her Grave are Racist. Anyone that says anything against US is Racist. LQQK at us and Worship and if you don’t support you are a Racist. Uh…huh