We aren’t sure why anyone would even go digging for this information…as it seems a reasonable assumption that Rev. Al would now be in grave danger were this information to be true. But according to Vlad TV, a recent Page Six report claimed that Rev. Al Sharpton was as an official Cop Informant (CI) for the FBI back in the 1980′s.
In strong defense of himself, Sharpton took to his Twitter and said,
“I am not a rat, I am a cat, I chase rats thugs, gangsters, bigots, drug dealers. Bad cops whoever out of our community. That is right”
The story was written by William Bastone, and it contains a ton of legal documents to back up the claims of Sharpton’s involvement with the FBI. One document in particular allegedly showed Sharpton’s signature on it that contained a long written statement which was reported to have revealed various information on mob activities.
How in the world Al Sharpton of all people on planet earth would have been able to get down with the mob in the 80′s we don’t have any trace of a clue. To us it sounds just about as unbelievable and ridiculous as saying Ronald Reagan was standing on line for food stamps and government cheese in the 80′s! Which would be totally inconceivable! Well unless he was making mac and cheese..because you know that government cheese makes….well nevermind we digress! But you get the point!
It’s being reported that the Rev. worked covertly with an FBI/NYPD task force called the “Genovese Squad,” and wore wiretap recording devices to collect his information that was ultimately used against various mob figures from the Genovese crime family.
According to the report from Page Six:
“Sharpton, now 59, deftly extracted information from wiseguys. In fact, one Gambino crime family figure became so comfortable with the protest leader that he spoke openly–during ten wired face-to-face meetings–about a wide range of mob business, from shylocking and extortions to death threats and the sanity of Vincent “Chin” Gigante, the Genovese boss who long feigned mental illness in a bid to deflect law enforcement scrutiny. As the mafioso expounded on these topics, Sharpton’s briefcase–a specially customized Hartmann model–recorded his every word.
Records obtained by TSG show that information gathered by Sharpton was used by federal investigators to help secure court authorization to bug two Genovese family social clubs, including Gigante’s Greenwich Village headquarters, three autos used by crime family leaders, and more than a dozen phone lines. These listening devices and wiretaps were approved during the course of a major racketeering investigation targeting the Genovese family’s hierarchy.
A total of eight separate U.S. District Court judges–presiding in four federal jurisdictions–signed interception orders that were based on sworn FBI affidavits including information gathered by Sharpton. The phones bugged as a result of these court orders included two lines in Gigante’s Manhattan townhouse, the home phone of Genovese captain Dominick “Baldy Dom” Canterino, and the office lines of music industry power Morris Levy, a longtime Genovese family associate. The resulting surreptitious recordings were eventually used to help convict an assortment of Mafia members and associates.”
Even though he denied ever working as an official CI, Twitter has shown no signs that they believe his denial on the subject, and in turn many people are dragging him through their timelines for being a “snitch.”
We don’t know if any of it is true….we tend to lean towards it not being true. But we’ll say this much…it probably won’t matter in the eyes of those would seek to do someone in that position harm. We know for a fact that Rev. Al gets death threats routinely. Whomever put this information out there may have just upped the odds of something serious happening to Sharpton….and that…we aren’t for.
There are some things…you just don’t have to discuss in the name of “entertainment” and this would be one of them. We only picked this story up because the Rev came out and denied it. Had he not spoken on it…we don’t think we would have either. While we truly understand the pressures those in our industry are under to deliver huge stories…it’s uncomfortable for us to write this one. We get it…..but still. We’re just saying.
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