MSNBC host, Reverend Al Sharpton, may end up in the East River or a shallow grave with the latest report Monday portraying him as a one-time paid FBI informant. His code name was “CI-7" during the time he ratted on the mob in New York City.
Actually, “CI-7” was short for “confidential informant number seven.” The reverend routinely passed information to the FBI concerning leaders of the Genovese crime family. That included wiretaps that Sharpton agreed to, according to reports.
The website, “Smoking Gun,” announced the Sharpton/FBI partnership obtained its information from confidential FBI affidavits acquired through the Freedom of Information Act, court records, interviews with Genovese mob members and law enforcement officials.
As Smoking Gun wrote it, "Beginning in the mid-1980s and spanning several years, 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. In addition to aiding the FBI/NYPD task force, which was known as the “Genovese squad,” Sharpton’s cooperation extended to several other investigative agencies," it said.
Investigators included Genovese squad investigators, representing both the FBI and the New York City Police Department. They said, Sharpton "deftly extracted information from wiseguys." Reportedly, one Gambino mobster was so comfortable with the bombastic Sharpton that he spilled his guts during 10 wired meetings about gangster activities extending from "shylocking and extortions to death threats and the sanity of Vincent 'Chin' Gigante," the infamous Genovese crime boss who acted insane to fend off scrutiny by the feds years ago.
Sharpton helped the FBI obtain information that enabled them to secure court authorization to bug two Genovese family social clubs, including Gigante’s Greenwich Village headquarters, the website said.
The reverend admitted his role to the New York Times, but added his activities had been “exaggerated.” He added, “It’s crazy. If I provided all the information they claimed I provided, I should be given a ticker-tape parade."
Too late to play down your guilt Al, the mob now knows the story.
Sharpton also claimed after the fact that he was frightened after being recorded during an undercover FBI drug sting. He said he contacted the feds after a mobster threatened him while he was acting as a concert promoter.
Whatever happened, according to Sharpton, the fact is eight separate federal judges, presiding in four jurisdictions, signed interception orders that were based on sworn FBI affidavits that included information gathered by Sharpton. Investigators used Sharpton's information in an application for a wiretap on a phone in the Queens home of Genovese soldier Federico “Fritzy” Giovanelli.
“Fritzy” was later convicted of racketeering and got 20 years upstate. The recordings were played during the trial, according to the the website.
Sharpton had worked for the FBI before this investigation. In 2005 the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, looked into reports of corruption in boxing. Sharpton is seen on one tape meeting with an undercover agent posing as drug kingpin and reputed gangster Danny Pagano. They discussed ways of approaching boxing promoter Don King to arrange bouts and launder money, The New York Times reported.
Sharpton naturally denied it.
This all comes as President Obama plans to be the featured speaker at a meeting later this week at the Reverend Sharpton's National Action Network meeting in New York, according to the New York Post.
Two things could happen before that meeting. The president could cancel based on the FBI reports and/or Al Sharpton could be absent from the meeting and nowhere to be found - ever.
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