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Al Sharpton on Acting as FBI Informant to Snitch on Mob: ‘I Did What I Had to Do’

Al Sharpton is not ashamed by the recent revelation that he served as an FBI informant, snitching against the mob in the 1980’s. The one thing  the MSNBC host, civil rights activist and once-presidential hopeful does regret about that time, however, is how he looks in those vintage pics.

“The only thing I was embarrassed by is those old fat pictures,” he said during a Tuesday press conference, talking about his longer-haired, heftier days feeding information to the feds.

On Monday, Smoking Gun revealed that Sharpton was caught on tape talking with a drug kingpin about a cocaine deal. Threatened with charges, Sharpton decided to take a deal and instead work as a confidential informant for a joint NYPD-FBI task force.

The new report sheds light on just how easily the preacher fit in with the shady doings, including arranging 10 meetings with Genovese crime boss, Vincent (Chin) Gigante, whose family was brought down using information Sharpton gathered during his meet-ups.

“Sharpton’s cooperation was fraught with danger since the FBI’s principal targets were leaders of the Genovese crime family, the country’s largest and most feared Mafia outfit,”the report noted. “The resulting surreptitious recordings were eventually used to help convict an assortment of Mafia members and associates.”

In the press conference at his National Action Network headquarters, Sharpton said much of what the new Smoking Gun report dredges up about his past is simply wrong.

“I did what was right,” Sharpton said, demanding he had he had gone to the police when he was threatened by the mob, not as a result of a drug bust. “I’m not a mobster. I’m a preacher.”

He added, ““I don’t know if I’m C-7 or B-19. I don’t know none of that. I know I was threatened. I did what anybody would do … other than a thug. And I cooperated,” he told the press.

At least one person from his past, a mob soldier, though, has no sympathy for the press storm and negative publicity caused by the Smoking Gun report.

“Poor Sharpton,” the former mobster joked with feigned concern, “he cleaned up his life and now you want to ruin him.”

Photo Credit: Smoking Gun

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  • lugnut

    So the writer of this article is in bed with, love and support the mafia? Who cares if that was the case. They are a criminal organization importing drugs into the black community. Which is why they threatened Al Sharpton in the first place, because he was protesting against drugs in our community. He called the FBI about the threats and as usual, the FBI used that to discredit him by labeling him as their informant. And fools like this one takes the FBI bs as gospel. Fools don’t think, fools don’t know the history of the FBI as it pertains to the black community, our leaders and organizations. You do know the FBI has worked with the mafia on occasions don’t you?

  • Patrick John Blackburn

    Wow. Former TV Host? She doesn’t know the elementary facts about her subject.

    • tory

      Sharpton is currently on MSNBC as it says in the article and was the former host to tv shows most that never aired.Google it.