Al Sharpton Denies Report that he Was an FBI Mob Informant

FILE: Nov. 4, 2013: The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks to the media outside Macy's department store, in New York City, N.Y.REUTERS
FILE: Nov. 4, 2013: The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks to the media outside Macy’s department store, in New York City, N.Y.REUTERS

Al Sharpton on Monday dismissed a report portraying him as a one-time mob informant for the FBI, calling the claims old news and a “crazy” attempt to discredit him. 

“I don’t see this as news,” Sharpton told FoxNews.com. “This has been brought up three or four times now. I don’t understand. It’s crazy.”

TheSmokingGun.com story describes in detail how Sharpton in the mid-1980s secretly recorded Mafia bosses and other underworld figures for an FBI-NYPD crime task force.

The 12,196-word story — in which he is referred to as CI-7, short for confidential informant #7 — says investigators got Sharpton to “flip” after getting him close enough to agreeing to broker a drug deal connected to boxing promoter Don King that they could threaten him with charges.

Though the task force took a “shotgun” approach in giving Sharpton a variety of snitching assignments, they ultimately wanted inroads into the corrupt New York music industry and realized he had the connections, according to the story.

Sharpton did not deny working with the FBI but pushed back on the details in the Smoking Gun report.

The 59-year-old told FoxNews.com he was just “trying to get bad guys out of the music industry, and that is offensive to the American flag.”

A written response through his National Action Network called the Smoking Gun story “erroneous.”

In the response, Sharpton acknowledged having contact with the FBI, saying he told agents he was threatened by mobsters and that authorities should investigate the mob trying to squeeze black concert promoters. He suggested the relationship did not go much beyond that.

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Source: Fox News | 

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