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Al Sharpton: FBI informant

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Snitches get riches!

We all know the Rev. Al is a fashion plate, but have you seen his snitch jacket? The Smoking Gun:

A lengthy investigation by The Smoking Gun has uncovered remarkable details about Sharpton’s past work as an informant for a joint organized crime task force comprised of FBI agents and NYPD detectives, as well as his dealings with an assortment of wiseguys.

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.

TSG’s account of Sharpton’s secret life as “CI-7” is based on hundreds of pages of confidential FBI affidavits, documents released by the bureau in response to Freedom of Information Act requests, court records, and extensive interviews with six members of the Genovese squad, as well as other law enforcement officials to whom the activist provided assistance…

Sharpton vehemently denies having worked as an FBI informant. He has alleged that claims of government cooperation were attempts by dark forces to stunt his aggressive brand of civil rights advocacy or, perhaps, get him killed.

Was Sharpton the one who called Italians “garlic-noses,” or was that Rev. Wright? I get my racist, hate-spewing “reverends” mixed up sometimes. Well, apparently he was comfortable enough with the Mafia at one point to hang out with them without getting clipped, or whacked, or taken care of, or whatever you’re supposed to say.

So basically, Al Sharpton was practically an undercover cop, right? He was one of the good guys and he was just trying to do the right thing for his community. I’m guessing that’s the story I’m supposed to believe, so why not.

Can’t wait to see how Al responds. I’ll bet every single thing he says will be true!

Update: Obama to headline Sharpton conference. Should be good.

Jim Treacher