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The 5 Most Shocking Revelations in Report Alleging Sharpton Was an FBI Informant
Mediaite ^ | April 8, 2014 | Noah Rothman

Posted on 04/08/2014 8:09:15 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

A thorough and extensive report in The Smoking Gun, complete with affidavits and supportive documents, alleges that MSNBC host Rev. Al Sharpton worked for a period with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to inform on and secretly record members of the mafia.

The report strongly implies that it is shocking that Sharpton, or Confidential Informant Number 7 (“CI-7″), is connected to some of the most powerful entertainers and politicians in the country, including the President of the United States, has thus far evaded exposure. “He spends his time at 30 Rockefeller Plaza surrounded by reporters, editors, and researchers committed to accuracy and the exposure of those who violate the public trust,” The Smoking Gun’s authors note with a hint of incredulity.

That is a striking detail, but the most shocking aspects of their expansive report involve how Sharpton became involved with the mafia and was “flipped” into working with the FBI and eventually was forced to attend meetings with Gambino and Genovese family members whom he secretly taped.

1: Sharpton Was Essentially a “Mafia ‘Associate’”

According to the report, Sharpton was involved with organized crime. An associate in a mafia relationship, the report alleges, plays “central roles in a crime family’s operation.” Sharpton’s relationships with boxing promoter Don King and the music industry made him a figure of interest to both the mafia and the FBI.

2. Sharpton Was “Flipped” When the FBI Offered Him Cocaine

“Sharpton was secretly recorded in meetings with an FBI undercover agent posing as a wealthy drug dealer seeking to promote boxing matches,” The Smoking Gun’s report alleges. “During one meeting with Sharpton, the undercover agent offered to get him ‘pure coke’ at $35,000 a kilo. As the phony drug kingpin spoke, Sharpton nodded his head and said, ‘I hear you.’”

While there was apparently some dispute within the FBI as to whether Sharpton had violated federal conspiracy laws, the bureau nevertheless confronted him with the tape of his interaction with an undercover agent. Sharpton agreed to cooperate.

3. Music Industry Extortion

Though R&B star James Brown and executives at Spring Records, Sharpton was introduced to a variety of Gambino and Genovese crime family members. Sharpton’s venture into the music industry connected him with Robert Curington, a music producer who was arrested on several occasions for trafficking drugs.

Curington and Sharpton worked together to pressure music labels to “spend more money in the black community” and “threatened to organize pickets and boycotts unless a target handed over money — usually in the form of a contribution to the National Youth Movement, a predecessor organization to Sharpton’s National Action Network.”

Curington had numerous connections to mafia figures including, Morris Levy, Joseph “Joe Bana” Buonanno, a music producer and convicted drug trafficker, and Joseph Pagano, a “solider” the FBI suspected had been involved in several “underworld hits,” in order to get “approval for certain music business endeavors.”

4. Sharpton Goes “Operational”

Sharpton was transitioned at this point from “information to operational” FBI asset. Agent John Pritchard, who handled Sharpton and worked with the Bureau’s “Genovese squad,” allegedly paid Sharpton for his services.

“Carrying the wired briefcase, Sharpton met with Buonanno on a Wednesday afternoon and recorded their conversation,” the reprot alleges. “While it was a short and uneventful encounter, the pair’s next meeting would prove valuable for the Genovese squad.”

At a subsequent meeting between Sharpton and Buonanno, the connected music producer would open up about his relationship with Levy, Carlo Gambino, and Vincent “Chin” Gigante. “Over the following months, Sharpton met with Buonanno eight more times, surreptitiously recording the Gambino member on each occasion,” The Smoking Gun continued.

Buonanno, said Curington, had a low opinion of Sharpton, and called the 300-pound preacher a “nose picker” behind his back. The gangster, who died of throat cancer in 1998, might have resorted to harsher actions had he ever learned about Sharpton’s secret life as “CI-7.”

5. Arrests Resulting from Sharpton’s Work

Using the information gathered by Sharpton, the FBI engaged in a campaign of wiretapping and bugging aimed at listening in on a series of mafia members who have since become legendary figures in American popular culture.

“The section of the FBI wiretap affidavits containing the fruits of Sharpton’s cooperation was titled “The Extortion From and Control of Morris Levy,” the report continues, noting that the Bureau went to lengths to protect “CI-7′s” identity.

The investigations eventually proved successful and a series of mafia figures were eventually arrested. “Each defendant subsequently pleaded guilty to various criminal charges, so there was no public presentation of evidence against the men,” the report added. “Which meant that OCTF prosecutors did not have to further expound on the indictment’s allegation that Daniel Pagano ‘solicited the use of a bank account of the National Youth Movement’ to launder money.”

Sharpton, who controlled that account, would have been outed as an informant if these cases went to trial.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: alsharpton; msm; msnbc; sharpton

1 posted on 04/08/2014 8:09:15 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

WOW a couple of those items got the memory bells going

I distinctly remember the..cocaine “allegations”.

Al’s such a Savory gentleman


2 posted on 04/08/2014 8:11:32 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let me see, Sharpton and cocaine, connected to organized crime, extortion, turning like a worm, nope nothing shocking I can see.


3 posted on 04/08/2014 8:14:20 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wonder if the mob is willing forgive the good Reverend.


4 posted on 04/08/2014 8:14:43 PM PDT by henkster (I don't like bossy women telling me what words I can't use.)
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To: henkster

they dont know nuttin bout forgiveness


5 posted on 04/08/2014 8:15:28 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Inform we much”.


6 posted on 04/08/2014 8:16:50 PM PDT by Lawgvr1955 ( Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: MeshugeMikey

That would be most unfortunate for the good Reverend.


7 posted on 04/08/2014 8:17:43 PM PDT by henkster (I don't like bossy women telling me what words I can't use.)
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To: henkster

My condolances to his family.

The mans clearly too far gone to pray for.


8 posted on 04/08/2014 8:19:41 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: henkster

They kill their own family members out of hand. What’s a Cafone Moulinyan to them?


9 posted on 04/08/2014 8:20:42 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Danny Pagano was the business agent of a New York labor local I once belonged to.


10 posted on 04/08/2014 8:23:09 PM PDT by jmacusa
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To: henkster

Ha, he said he was an informant, that’s ok with them, the rest is just racist lies from The Man, done and done.


11 posted on 04/08/2014 8:24:12 PM PDT by jiggyboy
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To: henkster

Oops in all seriousness I thought you meant Democrats and Leftists and MSNBC, not the actual Mob.


12 posted on 04/08/2014 8:24:59 PM PDT by jiggyboy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s nothing to them. Which is more than he is to me. I don’t wish that harm comes to him, but if it should, I shrug.


13 posted on 04/08/2014 8:25:44 PM PDT by henkster (I don't like bossy women telling me what words I can't use.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“He spends his time at 30 Rockefeller Plaza surrounded by reporters, editors, and researchers committed to accuracy and the exposure of those who violate the public trust,” The Smoking Gun’s authors note with a hint of incredulity.

LOL - yes, the correct term for any 'journalist' working for NBC or part of the NBC family - is 'gullible'... Gullible to the bone.

14 posted on 04/08/2014 8:28:56 PM PDT by GOPJ (.'Dog Shit' could be sold to 7 million citizens if the IRS fined those who refused to buy it...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Al Sharpton is, thank you Vito Corleone, a PIMP.


15 posted on 04/08/2014 8:39:16 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s pretty simple to me: Al gets caught in an FBI drug sting and has to become a snitch to avoid prison time.


16 posted on 04/08/2014 8:39:47 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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To: MeshugeMikey

MSNBC sure knows how to pick classy trustworthy ‘journalists’. /s


17 posted on 04/08/2014 8:40:49 PM PDT by GOPJ (.'Dog Shit' could be sold to 7 million citizens if the IRS fined those who refused to buy it...)
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To: henkster

If there is enough of the mob left to do it, Al could get whacked.


18 posted on 04/08/2014 8:40:50 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He ratted on both the Gambino and Genovese crime families?

I wonder if either of them will now consider their honor besmirched enough to do something about it. That is, if they *don’t* do something about it, perhaps they are not as strong as they used to be. And weakness is not good for business.


19 posted on 04/08/2014 8:41:58 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

MSNBC hires narcs. Let them explain that to their druggie audience.


20 posted on 04/08/2014 8:43:05 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Can’t you take out a life insurance policy on a stranger? How does one go about that?


21 posted on 04/08/2014 8:43:36 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Wanna bet? The “mob” IS the democrats here on this soil. The mob is tied into gambling, prostitution, dope, unions, price fixings, politics; ALL part of the democrat plantation and their boy Sharpton is sitting on their porch right where he is supposed to be. A good democrat house nigga (<—that cultures reference, night mine).


22 posted on 04/08/2014 8:56:33 PM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
1 and 5 are the only ones that surprise me.

1) The mob actually worked with an idiot like Sharpton!?!

5) Sharpton didn't totally screw up his undercover role!?!

23 posted on 04/08/2014 8:56:57 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Mastador1

If he had been a serial killer the ‘oh so bright’ journalists at MSNBC would NOT have had a clue. It’s like liberals have no idea what kind of people they’re working with...


24 posted on 04/08/2014 9:00:58 PM PDT by GOPJ (.'Dog Shit' could be sold to 7 million citizens if the IRS fined those who refused to buy it...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Can’t you take out a life insurance policy on a stranger? How does one go about that?

The general rule is that you have to have an "insurable interest." Meaning that you would be harmed if the property was or person was damaged or destroyed, and the insurance is meant to make you whole.

Which is one of my pet peeves about the last big financial crisis. You could not only buy speculative investments that would protect you if an investment you already owned defaulted, you could buy them even if you did not own that investment.

Which means they had a financial incentive to see the investment default, because they would be compensated for a loss they never incurred.

Its like allowing members of the public to buy insurance on the life and brand new sports car of the spoiled rich kid who lives down the block. They then have a financial incentive to give him bottles of whiskey and whisper in his ear that girlfriend is cheating on him.

25 posted on 04/08/2014 9:05:21 PM PDT by Pilsner
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To: Mastador1

There is an FBI video that was played on FNC’s “the Five”.

Sharpton was guilty as hell. That is how they played him.


26 posted on 04/08/2014 9:08:14 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: luvbach1

Maybe the mob is asking itself: How many other black politicians have been informants for the FBI?


27 posted on 04/08/2014 9:33:31 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hey Al....Al baby...there’s this Italian gent on the phone.....says can you meet with him down at the gym today....?


28 posted on 04/08/2014 9:33:34 PM PDT by spokeshave (OMG.......Schadenfreude overload is not covered under Obamacare :-()
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

ping for later


29 posted on 04/08/2014 9:39:20 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: TigersEye

Did Sharpton meet 0bama during his time at “Columbia” aka the years no one remembers 0bama attending Columbia??


30 posted on 04/08/2014 9:44:58 PM PDT by Steven Tyler
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To: Steven Tyler

Hmmm, interesting question.


31 posted on 04/08/2014 9:51:53 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am curious why all this being revealed now.

Between the Rev. Sharpton and all the Dem pols being outed in the last week by the FBI, has someone at the FBI suddenly received a pang of guilt that honor, duty, country are real concepts?


32 posted on 04/08/2014 9:53:37 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: exit82

Many FBI agents in the past were Notre Dame Catholics, BYU Mormons and other so-called “boy scouts” though I don’t know if that is still true.


33 posted on 04/08/2014 9:55:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: exit82

Shirley you jest! Who is ultimately the commander of the FBI? Holder isn’t a possessor of a conscience and certainly has no feeling of responsibility to the rule of law or the Constitution. He is a type of dictator. A dictatorial sociopath such as Eric Holder does not allow guilt, in himself or anyone employed by him to do his bidding.


34 posted on 04/08/2014 9:57:47 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: MHGinTN

Maybe there is an element going rogue.

Maybe there is a group that cannot stomach the lawlessness anymore.

And they are daring Holder “to go there”.


35 posted on 04/08/2014 10:01:07 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: exit82

Thats what I think too.


36 posted on 04/08/2014 10:40:39 PM PDT by Therapsid
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Al Sharpton.. Harlem’s resident “stool pigeon.”


37 posted on 04/08/2014 11:14:26 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: MeshugeMikey

bkmk


38 posted on 04/08/2014 11:39:01 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: henkster

“One never knows, do one?” IMHO, not likely..


39 posted on 04/09/2014 1:30:16 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: luvbach1

I wonder if he can avoid..concrete..


40 posted on 04/09/2014 1:31:25 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Vincent “the chin” Gigante was boss of the Genovese family. He died in prison thanks in part to Sharpton ratting him out

Somebody is going to look for payback on this one


41 posted on 04/09/2014 2:52:47 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: MeshugeMikey

What shocked is me who he snitched, he snitched on Vincent the chin Gigante the godfather of the Genovese family. Sharpton must have been a big player in the drug world to have business with a mafia don of that caliber (giganate is one of the more notorious godfathers)

Sharpton wore a wire on meetings with gigante, theres no way a mafia don would personally deal with a petty street dealer so sharpton must have been a big fish


42 posted on 04/09/2014 2:39:04 PM PDT by The Right wing Infidel
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