APRIL 9--In a desperate effort to explain away his work as a paid government informant, the Rev. Al Sharpton yesterday claimed that he first ran into the FBI’s arms after his life was threatened by gangsters, an incident that prompted him to then record 10 face-to-face encounters with one of those dangerous hoodlums.
That story is a lie.
Ouch. It goes on to describe Sharpton's involvement with organized crime and his attempts to spin his way out of the facts. Then we get to the bottom line:
Here is what actually happened:
The reverend was “flipped” by FBI agents three months after he was filmed in March 1983 (during a bureau sting) talking cocaine with an undercover agent. On a Thursday afternoon in June 1983, Sharpton showed up at a Manhattan apartment expecting to meet again with the undercover agent, who was posing as a former South American druglord seeking to launder money through boxing promotions.
Instead, Sharpton was confronted by FBI agents who showed him the “cocaine” videotape. The panicked reverend agreed--on the spot--to cooperate with federal agents, according to sources familiar with the contents of Sharpton’s FBI informant file.
I knew Sharpton was a scumbag as soon as the truth about the Tawana Brawley affair came to light (thus the reason for my amusement). And I hold a special place for con artists who use religion as a tool of manipulation.
Now, the release of his FBI files reveals that he was a two bit gangster, money launderer, coke dealer turned informant who pretended to be a community organizer.
Of course, all that is in the past. Now he's a spokesperson for the Democratic establishment.