The embattled Al Sharpton took to the air yesterday and said reports of him willingly snitching to the FBI were false. According to Sharpton, he only went to the agency after his wife received death threats from mobster Sal Patello. On his MSNBC show yesterday, Sharpton portrayed himself as a victim of mob threats who went to the FBI in search of protection.
The only problem with his story? It isn’t true.
Sharpton actually became an informant for the FBI in 1983, nine months before Patello allegedly sent death threats to his wife. As the Smoking Gun reports, Sharpton became an FBI informant after he was caught discussing a cocaine deal with an undercover federal agent.
During a 1983 conversation with an undercover agent posing as a former drug lord, the agent told Sharpton “I can get you pure coke, or you know, 99 percent, for about $35,000 a kilo.” Sharpton and the agent then discussed further details of the deal.
Three months later, Sharpton was scheduled to meet again with the undercover agent. But this time, he was met by uniformed FBI agents who showed him the incriminating footage of him. Immediately, Sharpton complied with the agents and said he would cooperate with whatever they wanted him to do.
The latest findings fly in the face of the narrative Sharpton purported on air yesterday, in which he said “I know I was threatened [by mobbed-up entertainment figures]. I did what anybody would do that is respected…I cooperated.”
The FBI declined to comment on the case. A Sharpton spokesperson wouldn’t say if the reverend would agree to release his official files from the ordeal in order to silence what he says are false accusations.