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.
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."
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." -
Shenanigans! The mob would have nothing to do with this man. I'm 110% sure about that!edit on 7-4-2014 by Staroth because: (no reason given)
Genovese squad investigators--representing both the FBI and NYPD--recalled how 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.
reply to post by TDawgRex
So this is a rehash of an old story and one he even wrote about in his autobiography. Nice timing though going from the article. Pretty much a nonstory and groundless by the sounds of it.
Personally I can't stand the man and wish he'd just fade away but I'm sure he has some political worth to the anti-Obamites so we can expect to see him paraded out every chance they get.
This mud-slinging and
straw grasping gets rather stale on both sides of the fence but more so on the right side. Is the GOP so desperate they can't just run on policy instead of dirty politics? What's the really sad part is we up in the GWN are starting to see these lowbrow tactics taking hold here. Pathetic really!
reply to post by NavyDoc
You're wrong in this case. As Shaprton publicly admitted, he approached the FBI about cracking down on drug sales in his neighborhood and corrupt music industry execs exploiting young black musicians. (and for the record, informants agree to work for the FBI for a host of reasons, not just because they "got busted."
In Sharpton's case, he agreed to work with the FBI after receiving death threats from the mob, regarding his activism between young black musicians and a mob-connected music exec.
Regarding other claims made in this post:
Calling him a "rat" is idiotic, "rats" are former members of a crime syndicate who betray their own. Sharpton was never a part of the Genovese crime family. If you or I call the cops on someone breaking the law, that does not make us "rats", and the only people who complain about "snitches" are punks and criminals.
He claimed the FBI tried to set him up with a drug bust, but it failed. He wrote about this in his autobiography. This shouldn't be a big surprise, the FBI targeted a number of civil rights leaders with phony drug busts, Martin Luther King included. Fact is, there is no rap sheet or arrest of Sharpton in a drug bust.
Another factor, is court documents absolutely will never identify the name of undercover informants. So the notion that whatever documents (as yet unseen) the Smoking Gun claims to have naming Sharpton as a CI named "CI-7" is highly suspect. That is pure speculation on their part. They know they can get away with it because it can never be disproven.
As far as I'm concerned, Sharpton did good, he took on the mob and tried to clean up a little part of the ghetto. All the haters just want to accuse him of being a rat.