Rev. Al Sharpton

Rev. Al Sharpton Accused Of Being FBI Informant Against The Mafia + Shaprton Responds

(AllHipHop News) Al Sharpton is a man of the people and there are allegations out there that he is a man for a different set of people. Yesterday (April 7th) The Smoking Gun released an article accusing Rev. Al Sharpton of being an informant for the FBI for years in the 1980s.

Due to Freedom of Information Act requests, classified documents were released and The Smoking Gun’s allegations are extensive. Former Shaprton associate and FBI agent Joseph Spinelli introduced the FBI to Sharpton in 1983. The FBI presented Sharpton with a secretly record videotape of the minister speaking with an undercover drug dealer Victor Quintana and mobster, Danny Pagano about boxing match fixing and money laundering. During the conversation, Sharpton is heard saying he can get Pagano a “fair deal” from Don King. The FBI threatened to prosecute him if he did not cooperate, later admitting they were bluffing but according to sources with The Smoking Gun, Sharpton complied.

According to court documents, Sharpton was referred to as CI-7 (confidential informant #7) and was used by the FBI for information which led to the conviction of members of the Genovese crime family. He even secretly taped some of those wiseguys using a briefcase that FBI technicians outfitted with a recording device.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Sharpton contends that The Smoking Gun‘s allegations are a “stretch” and proclaimed “If I brought down the Mob, I want my ticker tape parade.”

The government was trying to entrap a civil rights kid on some crimes that were never committed, and failed to trap him. That’s the unsaid part of it: Why did they go after Sharpton in the first place? What was the crime? The one interesting thing that we’re looking at, three decades later, is that no one can identify, with all of the documents Bastone’s got, what it is they came after me for? There is no crime here

Back on January 20st, 1988, Newsday released an article alleging Sharpton was an FBI informant against drug dealers in the Black community as well as organized crime bosses. In the interview with Newsday, Sharpton admits to wiretapping his own phone in mid-1987, as senior law enforcement officials say they placed, as a “hotline” for people to catch drug dealers. The article even alleges that Sharpton turned in information to the FBI on famed boxing promoter, Don King.

Check out the full report here.

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  • Brooklyn Stoop

    lmbao. according to the great Steve Coakley Jesse Jackson was dwn with the assassination of MLK. those that know know MLK was boule.

    so lets see

    MILK is boule and was investigated by the FEDS

    Jesse started working as an informant for the FEDS (far fetch huh)

    MLK is assassinated…………peep the doc jesse had something to do with MLK murder.

    jesse mentored Al sharpton

    “The FBI presented Sharpton with a secretly record videotape of the minister speaking with an undercover drug dealer Victor Quintana and mobster, Danny Pagano about boxing match fixing and money laundering.”

    this info is not new, it was on entertainment tonight back in the early 90s if its the same tape where sharpton got on a cowboy hat.

    Barack becomes president………….his Chicago seat gets sold by the now convicted senator (i think) Blago (he got a long last name). who told on Blago…………Jesse Jackson Jr, who was a 10 year FBI informant.

    • Carlos

      dope post, better than the story itself. Respect.

    • Keith N.

      Did you read the full report?

      • Brooklyn Stoop

        what full report

  • TruthSerum

    Doesn’t surprise me, the people who stand up against the government and get away with it always make me nervous. These same corrupt people found a way to kill a president in broad daylight and get away with it once, MLK and X aint last very long, if they wanted Al And Jesse out the way, they could get it done, only reason their out there is because the powers that be want them there.

    • ThatBostonMan

      As cynical as that sounds, it’s probably the truth. It seems people who want to be leaders eventually end up needing protection because they become a target.

      Who are you going to go to for protection from the mafia? The FBI is one of the only agencies you can go to for protection from the mafia. So you think the FBI is going to protect you for free? Eventually they’ll want something in exchange for that favor.

      What happens if you refuse to cooperate? Protection gets revoked? Then any random psychopath can kill you. In the end it seems when people get to be too big, too famous, too popular, they become a target and at that point their life can never be the same.

      So if someone is a legitimate leader it probably doesn’t last very long. Maybe for a few years until they become well known and then its over. At that point they’ll have to cooperate or get extorted by organized crime.

      • taylorholtfk395

        I’d gladly rip your jugular vein out, let you spurt blood like a geyser, and watch you die..

  • Carlos

    His response pretty much solidifies claim. He doesnt say anything about not being an informant, just that the FBI had no case against him.

    • Fatalhp

      Yup! At some point he did cooperate with the FBI. Which leads me to believe, he was involve in illegal activities in the 80’s –which is why he decided to cooperate in the first place– only to later find out the FBI was bluffing haha.
      It’s sad to see leaders go down like this.

      • ThatBostonMan

        There are no leaders. Anyone who stands up to become a leader ends up either dead or in prison if you look at history.

        The successful leaders either cooperate with the establishment in some form, or they never get to become leaders in the first place. This does not mean every leader has to become an informant, but you can be sure if you’re a leader and you’re able to be in the same room with the President then the establishment needs or likes you.

  • Realist4200

    January 20st, 1988? Lol

    Interesting allegations though.

  • Eli Pinilla

    Fake leaders…….

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      you disqualifying him as a leader cause he helped put the police onto criminals???????? ijs we need more people like him …. IJS !!!!!!!! mofos to b*tch made these days they let a mofo sell drugs guns to kids right out front of they house and not say nothing cause they b*tch made!

      • Eli Pinilla

        No, I say that cuz his actions and what he says are hypocritical……so the man that has been fighting against police brutality and discrimination in urban and ghetto areas was an informant for the fbi the whole time….hmmmm. Malcolm wouldn’t do that and neither would martin. They tried to help the black youth, not lock em up. Maybe the leader should’ve tried to lead those he told on to a new direction instead of having them thrown in jail…so as a leader, he felt composed to help the police do their job better to help out the rest of the black community?!?!? ok………he’s about a dollar. Same reason he threatened 50 cent and game with protests if they didn’t pay…..

      • Brooklyn Stoop

        i dont know about martin……..the FEDS was in contact with martin and when they wanted him TO do something (like kick out rustin bayard from the movement) he did because the FEDS said they was gonna create a rumor that martin and rustin bayard was lovers
        and the FEDS DID pay Malcolm a visit and its recorded and posted on youtube and Malcolm aint fall for the trap

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        Those 2 were NOT shady – Martin has publically said that they had to work with Everybody, in different ways – to accomplish the Monumental Goals ahead of them – and Malcolm always publically invited anybody to sit down and talk with them – you gotta remember, they were citizens, being attacked by governments, with fbi, armys, laws, law breakers, governors, police forces, etc

      • ThatBostonMan

        Neither cooperated with the FBI. That is why the FBI didn’t protect either of them from the ultimate fate.

        Sorry but you’re not going to convince me that either of them were friendly with the feds. Hoover thought MLK was a communist and soon later MLK was shot dead.

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        I Agree With Your First Paragrah 100% – that part is un questionably Right ! – they were both killed with just civil rights activist around them, no snipers or team of marines or anything,
        your 2nd paragraph don’t apply to me

      • Brooklyn Stoop

        i didnt say either was “shady”
        i said Malcolm WAS approached and there is audio to prove it on youtube. he did NOT work with the FEDS, period!. as for martin, i said he was told by the feds that if he didnt remove rustin bayard from the movement then they would spread rumors that they were lovers. rustin bayard was openly gay.

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        don’t mean Martin was gay – how bout he didn’t need the power of the governemtt and media together saying crap that derail him off his Much More Important Mission – better to cut that guy and move on without the government’s chase after him

      • ThatBostonMan

        Malcom and Martin are also dead. So you’re right to say they did not cooperate but they also lost their FBI protection. The loss of FBI protection meant any lunatic fringe terrorist could kill them.

      • ThatBostonMan

        This is true but ask yourself this, why is the FBI snitching on him by releasing the fact that he was an informant if it is true?

        If the FBI can’t keep it’s own secrets that should tell you all you need to know about them as an organization.

        Al Sharpton has admitted to being an informant for the FBI apparently “Sharpton told Smoking Gun his cooperation with FBI agents was
        limited to efforts to prompt investigations of drug dealing in minority
        communities and the swindling of black artists in the recording

        If this is true why the hell would he be considered a “black community leader”? He’s definitely not that. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t done things to help people in his community, but there is a difference between being a black leader and being a community leader.

        Perhaps he’s helping the intelligence community, the law enforcement community, but that’s not necessarily a black or white community. It could be that he’s helping the establishment, but the establishment isn’t black or white either.

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        you sound like a idiot – my guess is your a white boy that should be talking about all the chlld molestation code you whites always live by

      • ItGoesDownINtheDM

        dont get me wrong i feel ya but @ the sametime i would be more on ya side if he was a street guy who was an informant …. im not a big supporter of sharpton … but im also def not a supporter of crminal activity either ……..

      • Arrie Mental Woodard

        my thoughs exactly its Al Sharpton not Rayful Edmonds…. dudes is taking this no snitchin shit to new levels… that rule doesnt apply to everyone, whether you like it or not!

      • Eli Pinilla

        I think it’s worse that he’s not a drug dealer….. This man is as crooked as most drug dealers in some regard but he’ll tell you he’s a reverend and that he fights for equal rights. He speaks out against the system and how it’s corrupt to the African American community then turns around and throws them to the wolves behind their back. Won’t even clean up the streets himself, just gives them over to the “enemy”. Not just drug dealers either, but successful African American business men like Don king. I don’t believe he informed on king cuz he was a detriment to the African American community. And if he was doing it to save the community then he wouldn’t inform behind closed doors. He woulda did it in public. He’ll do business with anyone as long as it benefits him, and when it doesnt, he gives you up…..

      • Brooklyn Stoop

        how can a “leader” work with the same government entities that murder our Leaders?

      • Lord Saltsworth McGinty III

        He only turned informant after he was CAUGHT! It’s not like he went to the Feds and offered to bring down drug dealers harming the hood. Sharpton was protecting self.

      • ThatBostonMan

        That is exactly why he isn’t a leader. He was only protecting self.
        That being said, this whole release of information seems like a political assassination to me.

        Since when did the government snitch on itself and release documents on its own informants? Why is Al Sharpton singled out from all the thousands of informants to have his identity and all sorts of documents leaked to the smoking gun?

        Usually in these sorts of situations it remains classified for the entire life or for most of the lifespan of the informant. Are we in an era where anyone can use the freedom of information act to find out if anyone else is an informant and learn the details?

        This seems incredibly odd. If the documents aren’t fake then there is incredible corruption within the FBI and this is a good example why people should not cooperate with them.

        Want to cooperate with them and end up “released’ by them when you aren’t useful anymore? Have your status given to the smoking gun like Al Sharpton?

      • ItGoesDownINtheDM

        no doubt i can dig that if that was the case

  • MrNoName2K

    “wiseguys” lol damn sh*ts real

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  • tha OG

    I always knew this nigga was a snitch!!!

    • ThatBostonMan

      Whether or not it is true, someone in the government apparently is snitching by releasing something which rightfully should be classified.

      Whether you like Al Sharpton or not, and whether the information is true or not, it’s not the kind of information that would wind up in the hands of the smoking gun by accident. Someone with an agenda released that information to destroy Al Sharpton.

      There is a bigger story to this.

  • Ed Jordan

    This nigga worse than Jesse Jackson looking like a maingy ass alley cat. He sold out to the higher ups b4 most of u niggas was born and cut that ugly ass perm off! Snitching ass nigga!


    Not surprised! Him & Jesse Jackson are known collaborators for the past few decades! Nothing new here!

  • John Q. Public

    “These Are Our Heroes” -Nas

  • ThatBostonMan

    Something about this doesn’t seem right. Whether or not the information is true, since when was it normal to release this kind of information when the person involved is still alive to live with the consequences?

    This is not the first time it has happened either. Valarie Plame was outed too. Whoever put this information out clearly wants to take out Al Sharpton in the worst way.

    • Brooklyn Stoop

      this isnt the 1st time this info came to the light.
      1st time i ever heard about this was in the early 90s (b4 95) and i was young like 10/11/12ish range and i remember vividly sharpton, black and white vid, cowboy hate, drugs and wire tape. what i CAN give Al credit for is his response NOW is the SAME response THEN…………..take that how u will
      but this isnt the 1st time this story came to the light

    • Bruce Leeroy

      Of course. It’s to discredit him. They are plucking everyone off one by one. 12 bankers dead already, now sharpton. Wake up people, they are cleaning house for a reason.

  • Obi Won

    True or not, nothings going to happen.

  • Arrie Mental Woodard

    who cares if he snitched or cooperated, he isnt Tookie Williams or some reputed drug dealer…. its Al Sharpton, i would expect him to cooperate, whether to protect his own ass or not. Yall sound real stupid calling him snitch, rat, etc. Its Al Sharpton!

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  • The_Good_Life

    Iggaz mad cause dude pointed out the mafia and the dealers to the police. Please don’t tell me iggaz is that stupid.

  • January 20st? That’s going to be my new date to pay my debts!

  • D.S.G777

    He got the white mafia off the street and yall ho’s acting like he did something wrong! I would do the same thing in a heart beat! gtfoh

    • Bruce Leeroy

      No he didint. The real white mafia is the govt, and corporate America, CIA, FBI, etc etc. C’mon man you should know that by now

      • NYG20

        No… The real Mafia is the Italians. They still run organized crime. The government is a different click.,

  • Eli Pinilla

    Funny how people on here talk about snitching and how he can snitch cuz he’s not in the streets or a drug dealer, that it’s expected of him….just shows how low your moral standards are. This man is like Samuel Jackson in django and u giving him a pass cuz he’s not In the streets. So if you not in the game, you can tell on all the black men you want and have them sent to jail?!?! And that’s ok with yall?!?!? And then complain about the black men in the prison system and all this prison industrial complex bullshit?!?!?!?! If he’s really a leader and he’s trying to save the black community, then he should understand why they are drug dealers in the first place and try to fix it in house instead of turning them over to the police…..This man tried to get Don king thrown in jail smh

  • Bruce Leeroy

    Funny thing is a lot of people like him are informants. Especially in hollywood.

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  • Lumego1

    Saw the video of him making a coke deal with FBI agent……”my, my, my, the dead has arisen”…….Finally the great man himself has been shown for the hypocritical shit he really is…..