This is a HUGE story but will the media cover it appropriately? have Sharpton’s chickens come home to roost?
Al Sharpton spent years race-baiting, feigning moral righteousness, demonizing opponents, calling gays “faggots” and railing against jews, and for a number of those years he was a mob “associate” turned informer.
Al Sharpton, now a regular visitor to the White House, an advisor to the president, an MSNBC TV host who attacks others for alleged crimes and hypocrisy, was once caught in a drug deal and was forced to turn mob informant decades ago. He has denied it over the years but recently released documents and a review of his torrid past tell a different story.
Al said he wasn’t forced and played down his role, however, this is what Smoking Gun found:
“In fact, Sharpton fell for the FBI ruse [threats of an indictment] and agreed to cooperate, a far-reaching decision he made without input from a lawyer, according to sources. “I think there was some fear [of prosecution] on his part,” recalled a former federal agent.
In a TSG interview, Sharpton claimed that he rebuffed the FBI agents, who, he added, threatened to serve him with a subpoena to testify before a federal grand jury investigating King. After being confronted by the bureau, Sharpton said he consulted with an attorney (whom he declined to identify).”
Sharpton was caught on an FBI tape in 1983, which was aired July 22 2002 by HBO Real World of Sports with Bryant Gumbel. A then-47-year old boxing promoter and civil rights activist, Sharpton said he didn’t know it was a coke deal and that the guy started talking to him about coke in the middle of the conversation about the drugs.
FBI agent Victor Quintana is seen in the tape offering Sharpton thousands of dollars to arrange cocaine sales, the Daily News reported at the time.
“Every kilogram we bring in is $3,500 to you. How does that sound?” Quintana asks, as Sharpton nods. “So we bring in 10, you’ll make $35,000.” “I hear you,” Sharpton replies, according to the Daily News. “But that’s a drip in the bucket,” Quintana continues. “Well, if (the buyer) can, if he’s gonna do it, he’ll do it much more than that,” says Sharpton, who is wearing a cowboy hat and has an unlit cigar in his mouth.
The tape was aired on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, and it was part of a government investigation into whether boxing promoter Don King had ties with organized crime.
As seen in the tape, Sharpton was meeting with a self-described mobster Michael Franzese and an undercover FBI agent posing as a Latin American businessman. They approached him to discuss promoting boxing matches and musical events.
Sharpton, 47, said that during the course of the conversation, the undercover agent began discussing a cocaine deal. The tape shows Sharpton being offered thousands of dollars to arrange the sale of cocaine.
“The guy had come to me. In the middle of conversation he started talking about how he could cut me in on a cocaine deal,” Sharpton said. “I didn’t know what this guy was on about. I didn’t know if he was armed. I was scared so I just nodded my head to everything he said and then he left,” according to a 2002 Fox News article.
When confronted with the evidence months later, Sharpton quickly turned CI-7 for the FBI. At times, he wore a wire tap, which he has repeatedly denied over the years.
In a 2002 article in the New York Times, Sharpton is described as promising the mobster a “fair deal.”
Just 10 years ago this summer [Summer of 1992], the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, looking into reports of corruption in boxing, played audio and videotapes growing out of a 1980 F.B.I. investigation called Crown Royal.
On one of the tapes, presented by a former F.B.I. agent, Joseph A. Spinelli, who was then the New York State inspector general under Gov. Mario Cuomo, Mr. Sharpton is shown meeting with the undercover agent — a supposed drug kingpin named Victor Quintana — and a reputed mobster, Danny Pagano, discussing ways of approaching the boxing promoter Don King to arrange bouts and launder money.
On the tape, Mr. Sharpton tells the agent that he would get a ”fair deal” from Mr. King because of Mr. Pagano’s underworld connections.
At the same Senate hearing, Mr. Franzese, who had been caught in an F.B.I. sting and ended up cooperating with the government, testified that he had used Mr. Sharpton to get close to Mr. King and he added: ”I knew Sharpton and was aware that he was associated with people in the Genovese family, in particular with family soldier Danny Pagano.”
Mr. Franzese also testified that Mr. Sharpton had arranged a meeting with him on Jan. 12, 1983, in Mr. King’s Manhattan office where Mr. Franzese reported that his efforts had been blessed by mob bosses in Cleveland.
At the time, Mr. Sharpton denied that he consorted with mobsters, saying he knew nothing of the backgrounds of those he met with. He said he had not been charged with any crime and called allegations from people like Mr. Franzese ”fabrications.”
Over the years, Mr. Spinelli has often cited Mr. Sharpton’s involvement in his boxing investigation and in 1991, as inspector general, wrote an article in Sports Illustrated recounting it in detail. He said the F.B.I. case was dropped after a Korean boxer died in a title bout and the bureau feared that it was too risky for the F.B.I. to appear to be involved in promoting fights.
In 1994, in order to give himself a new image, he became a minister. At the time, many laughed at it and saw it for what it was but time has a way of altering the truth. Somewhere along the line, the mob associate and left-wing operative went mainstream. This was due in no small measure to his frequent and successful use of the claims of racism whenever anyone tried to call him on his misbehavior and downright criminal acts. Sharpton would call moderate Black politicians tied to the Democratic Party “cocktail-sip Negroes” or “yellow niggers.”
Sharpton planned and executed the Tawana Brawley Hoax, falsely accusing an officer, an AG and others of raping her. He ruined their lives and refused to pay the money in a settlement. He let his church pay for him.
He’s also failed to pay taxes at other times.
Sharpton spurred the Crown Heights Riots which led to the death of an innocent man, Yankel Rosenbaum. The riots were the result of an ambulance accident in which the driver was an Hassidic Jew and the victim was an African-American boy, the key word here being “accident.”
Sharpton spurred the riots with marches and inciting language, calling Jews “diamond merchants” with “the blood of innocent babies” on their hands. Right after that, a mob murdered the completely innocent Yankel Rosenbaum, a Jewish Hassidic student visiting from Australia. Read more on this link.
Though denying it for years, Smoking Gun now has the documents to prove he was an FBI rat who helped put away members of the Genovese crime family.