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WHY Did Al Sharpton Used To Be a Paid FBI Informant? The Reverend Responds…


A couple of days ago, my colleague, former Green Party Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney posted some seemingly damning information on her Facebook page. The essence of the argument was that Reverend Al Sharpton was, at one time at least, a paid FBI informant.

It was shortly after that when I saw The Smoking Gun post a similar report making the very same claims. The report, which was released Monday asserts that Rev. Sharpton regularly interacted with members of four of New York City’s five organized crime families.  It further detailed that Rev. Sharpton secretly recorded the conversations of mob bosses.

But why?

It is unclear whether these activities extended beyond informing on organized crime, nor is it clear why he was chosen for such work, or what leverage might have been used to get him to participate in these stings.

For Sharpton’s part, he denies the allegations… sort of.

The Smoking Gun reports:

In an interview Saturday, Sharpton again denied working as a confidential informant, claiming that his prior cooperation with FBI agents was limited to efforts to prompt investigations of drug dealing in minority communities, as well as the swindling of black artists in the recording industry. He also repeatedly denied being “flipped” by federal agents in the course of an undercover operation. When asked specifically about his recording of the Gambino crime family member, Sharpton was noncommittal: “I’m not saying yes, I’m not saying no.”

The documents reveal that regardless of what Sharpton claims, or doesn’t claim, he was known to the FBI as “CI-7” — a name short for “confidential informant No. 7”. If this is not true, he might want to outrightly deny it, instead of “not saying yes,” and “not saying no.”

But it seems this much is clear by this point. Sharpton began working for the Bureau in the mid-1980s.

But was Sharpton just collaborating to thwart what he saw as racist attacks African American communities by criminal elements? That seems to be his position, even if it is one that he understandable wants to shrink away from, due to the likelihood of mafia retaliation.

All of this, of course, seems to raise more questions than it answers. During the civil rights era, a number of leaders were victims of the FBI’s COINTELPRO counter intelligence operations. There had been much speculation over the years that civil rights leaders who weathered the storm of those years, had sometimes cut some sort of deals with the Bureau.

While this report is far from conclusive proof of that, it does lend odd credence to those old school activist assertions.

What are your thoughts about these revelations?

(Article by M.B. David)

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