Al Sharpton Spied on Mob for FBI: Docs
Sharpton calls report 'crazy'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 8, 2014 9:38 AM CDT
Rev. Al Sharpton before taking his seat in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 27, 2014.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – Al Sharpton is vigorously denying a report that he was once an FBI informant spying on the Genovese and Gambino crime families. The Smoking Gun yesterday published a major investigative piece based on hundreds of pages of FBI documents obtained via Freedom of Information Act requests that reveal that Sharpton, known as CI-7, was a major asset for the FBI's "Genovese squad," using a specially wired briefcase to secretly record 10 meetings with one Gambino figure. The mobster spoke openly on those recordings about extortion, death threats, and the feigned mental illness of Genovese boss Vincent "Chin" Gigante. Sharpton's info helped investigators secure wiretaps on dozens of crime family phones.

For much more on Sharpton's informant work, check the source. Sharpton told the site that he was selflessly tipping the FBI off to plagues on minority communities, an assertion he's made in response to similar past reports. But one Genovese squad agent says they strong-armed Sharpton by recording him discussing a cocaine deal with an undercover agent. "He thought he didn't have a choice," the agent said. Sharpton tells the Daily Beast that the Smoking Gun report is "embellished" and "crazy," adding, "If I brought down the Mob, I want my ticker tape parade."

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Apr 10, 2014 6:44 PM CDT
At last we find out that the Rev. Al can do something else besides babble BS and race bait.
Apr 8, 2014 10:35 PM CDT
Government IS the mob
Lou Bernardo
Apr 8, 2014 10:34 PM CDT
I wonder who has the contract on Sharpton? May be a chance for Jesse Jerkson to grab all the race mongering spotlight.