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Topic: Al Sharpton: Paid FBI Infromant
Posted By: tatee
Subject: Al Sharpton: Paid FBI Infromant
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 7:32am

Facts Derail Lying Sharpton's Informant Tale

Former FBI Mafia snitch spins fabricated story of "CI-7" work




APRIL 9--In a desperate effort to explain away his work as a http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/investigation/al-sharpton-764312" rel="nofollow - 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.


In fact, Sharpton’s fabricated tale is belied by FBI records that provide a clear account of when and



why he began working as a cooperating informant. After unveiling his fable at a morning press conference, Sharpton repeated his claims last night at the close of his “PoliticsNation” show on MSNBC, where fact checkers and bosses alike do not appear concerned with the truthfulness of the host’s off- and on-air pronouncements.

By tampering with the chronology of--and motive for--his enlistment as http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/investigation/al-sharpton-764312" rel="nofollow - an FBI informant , Sharpton is furiously attempting to cast that cooperation in the most favorable light possible. He was not a rat or a snitch, Sharpton protests. In fact, the reverend contends that he was not even aware the FBI considered him an informant. The money he was paid by his FBI handler? Well, that was just reimbursements for carfare, Sharpton claims. As he explained to MSNBC viewers, Sharpton was just a victim looking for Uncle Sam’s protection and intervention.

Sharpton contends that he first contacted the FBI in early-1984, immediately after his life was threatened by Salvatore Pisello, a wiseguy with music industry connections. As Sharpton tells it, Pisello was incensed that the activist was threatening to stage boycotts and demonstrations unless black promoters were given a piece of the upcoming “Victory Tour” featuring Michael Jackson and his brothers.

At a press conference yesterday at his Harlem headquarters, Sharpton claimed that Gambino soldier Joseph “Joe Bana” Buonanno set up the meeting at which Pisello threatened his life. In his autobiography, Sharpton reported that Pisello traveled from Los Angeles to New York to threaten him. The book, however, makes no mention of Buonanno, who is deceased, or his purported role in facilitating Pisello’s alleged death threat.

Sharpton did not bother to tell reporters how he knew Buonanno in the first place. Buonanno had been involved in the record industry for decades, and was business partners with Robert Curington, a convicted felon who also happened to be a close associate of Sharpton’s (and a vice

president of the reverend’s not-for-profit National Youth Movement).

Concerned for his safety, Sharpton claims that he called the FBI in early-1984 and reported the Pisello encounter. In short order, the reverend began cooperating with federal agents. Spurred by the threat, Sharpton says he taped a series of ten face-to-face meetings with Buonanno--but not Pisello, the hoodlum who allegedly threatened the activist’s life.

Those Sharpton recordings--made with an FBI-issued briefcase containing a hidden recording device--spanned a three-month period beginning in April 1984, according to FBI records.

As Sharpton spun out this tale Tuesday, he claimed to have detailed the Mafia death threat in his 1986 book “Go And Tell Pharaoh.” He dismissed http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/investigation/al-sharpton-764312" rel="nofollow - TSG’s review of this period of his life as “old news” since he had purportedly already written the story himself years ago.

However, while Sharpton’s book does refer to a menacing gangster named “Sal,” Buonanno does not rate a single mention. Additionally, Sharpton’s problems with “Sal” appear to have been settled quickly--and in the activist’s favor, according to the book.

So, if Pisello was the hood who purportedly threatened Sharpton’s life, why did the FBI direct the reverend to surreptitiously record Buonanno on 10 separate occasions? Because those recordings had nothing to do with the alleged Pisello threat, according to several law enforcement sources. In fact, two investigators said they could recall no connection between Buonanno and Pisello (who was never charged with threatening Sharpton).

Sharpton’s story, built on a narrative conflation, is preposterous. He wants viewers and journalists to believe that the FBI, upon being told about Pisello’s death threat, sent the reverend out wired to record another guy. Ten times.


Here is what actually happened:

Sharpton began cooperating with the FBI in mid-1983. So he had actually been working as a confidential informant for about nine months before Pisello’s purported threat, an encounter that Sharpton now falsely claims prompted him to first contact federal agents (and subsequently begin recording Buonanno).

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.

At the direction of his FBI handlers, Sharpton initially recorded conversations with boxing promoter Don King, who was the principal target of “Crown Royal,” the FBI undercover operation that had ensnared Sharpton in March 1983.

The date that Sharpton began cooperating is further fixed in a July 1984 draft of a wiretap affidavit. That document, sworn by an FBI agent, referred to Sharpton as “CI-7,” short for confidential informant #7. The description of “CI-7” noted that http://www.thesmokinggun.com/file/informant-al-sharpton" rel="nofollow - he had been providing information to the bureau for “in excess of one year.” “CI-7,” the document reported, had made a series of surreptitious recordings of Buonanno discussing a variety of Mafia business.

Sharpton wants the public to believe that he used his FBI valise to secretly record a wiseguy---over and over and over again--because another wiseguy threatened his life. Oh, he has also claimed that these mafioso were allegedly oppressing black recording artists, too.

So, that being the case, the FBI summaries of Sharpton’s meetings with Buonanno must be filled with references to threats directed at the civil rights leader. Surely Sharpton would have asked Buonanno something like, “Joe, why does your friend Sal want me dead?” Or even, “Joe, when you



set up that meeting with Sal, did you know that he was going to threaten to clip me?” Maybe Sharpton would even take the opportunity to try and extract details of the mob’s pernicious influence on minority performers.

Strangely, though, the bureau summaries contain no such information. In fact, they read as if the two men were old friends, amiably discussing topics like extortion, murder, “made” men, and a guy named “Chin.” Buonanno even told Sharpton about his eighth-grade education and his birthday. Somehow Sharpton--who appeared remarkably comfortable with the wiseguy--was able to hide any signs of duress, despite that supposed death threat hanging over his processed head.

As TSG reported earlier this week, Sharpton’s involvement with Buonanno--a supposed facilitator of Mafia death threats--did not cease after his briefcase was switched off.

In fact, several years later, when Sharpton and Curington were seeking to collect a six-figure consulting fee owed to them by Joe Robinson, founder of Sugar Hill Records, “Joe Bana” was one of several hoodlums who showed up unannounced at the label’s New Jersey office. The hoodlums threatened Robinson over the money owed to Sharpton and Curington, whom the Drug Enforcement Administration once termed a “Class 1” narcotics trafficker.

After Robinson complained to police about the mob muscle pressuring him, a local cop kept an eye out for wiseguys arriving at Sugar Hill’s headquarters. One day, Detective Edward Stempinski of the Englewood Police Department caught Buonanno and a Genovese crime family figure at Sugar Hill. Stempinski, now retired, recalled that the wiseguys “didn’t look like they should be going into a rapper’s studio.”

So while Sharpton now links Buonanno to Pisello, “Joe Bana” was apparently an acceptable debt collector even after supposedly helping expedite a Mafia death threat. Perhaps the reverend consulted the Bible (Colossians 3:13), which advises, “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

As he closed his “PoliticsNation” show yesterday, Sharpton claimed that he approached the FBI to “try to protect myself and others,” adding that, “I was an American citizen with every right to call law enforcement.” He also declared, “We must live in a country where people can call law enforcement and not be castigated.” (1 page)


http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/Al-Sharpton-918273#lightbox-popup-1




Replies:
Posted By: newdiva1
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 7:36am
I ain't even read the article (yet. I'll come back to it) but I do believe Sharpton is one dem nicca's that "they" send in to calm the community down when some fucced up racial sh*t happens and it's lookin' like we gone do summin'.


Posted By: zolloh
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 7:40am
I read the full investigation report on smokinggun 2 days ago....his ass is lucky he isnt swimming with the fishes


Posted By: zolloh
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 7:42am
Oh and fucc Al Sharpton


Posted By: GoodGirlGoneGr8
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 7:45am
I heard about this on Arsenio night before last. Not surprised one bit...


Posted By: tatee
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 7:51am
its weird because i could have sworn this was rumored about years ago when it came out about that drug deal he tried to make with an undercover agent.  but then again he is confirming it so that makes it different.


Posted By: afrokock
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 7:52am
cointelpro


Posted By: iliveforbhm
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 7:55am
I knew that n***er was a sell out Uncle Tom bamboozled negrodrial scum!!
 
Leaders train their people into being leaders, he ain't taught you one thing except make loud noise that does nothing. Glad, they finally airing out his nasty business, but this is 20 years too late!!!
 


Posted By: Lilaca
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 4:16pm
Originally posted by iliveforbhm iliveforbhm wrote:

I knew that n***er was a sell out Uncle Tom bamboozled negrodrial scum!!
 
Leaders train their people into being leaders, he ain't taught you one thing except make loud noise that does nothing. Glad, they finally airing out his nasty business, but this is 20 years too late!!!
 
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Posted By: india100
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 4:24pm
Rev Sharpton place his life on the line for many of the rights we enjoy today . No one is perfect . The  man continues to fight for us even during his sickness . I would stand by his side in a heart beat . I respect and love the man . Heart


Posted By: NadiaPost
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 4:26pm
I preferred Al when he was fat.


Posted By: miana79
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 4:28pm
Originally posted by india100 india100 wrote:

Rev Sharpton place his life on the line for many of the rights we enjoy today . No one is perfect . The  man continues to fight for us even during his sickness . I would stand by his side in a heart beat . I respect and love the man . Heart


he is sick?


Posted By: india100
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 4:31pm
Originally posted by miana79 miana79 wrote:

Originally posted by india100 india100 wrote:

Rev Sharpton place his life on the line for many of the rights we enjoy today . No one is perfect . The  man continues to fight for us even during his sickness . I would stand by his side in a heart beat . I respect and love the man . Heart


he is sick?
I am member of his website for black justice . A few years ago Rev Sharpton battle Prostate cancer . I think he continues chemo treatments on a out patient bases .


Posted By: NadiaPost
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 4:32pm
Martin Luther King fought for our rights. Big Al appears when their is a crisis in the black community. Famous White man calls a gang of black men Niguahs and gets recorded and his career is in shamples. Who they gonna call Fat Al. Skinny Al hasn't been doing much lately. I wish black folks had someone else other than Skinny Al to turn to when their is a crisis in the black community because in my opinion his former fat now skinny ass is an opportunist


Posted By: liesnalibis
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 4:34pm
Sooo turning in a major drug dealer is the worst thing you can do in the black community huh?


Posted By: NadiaPost
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 4:36pm
Word on the streets is Al had gastric bypass surgery.


Posted By: AshBash89
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 4:39pm
He brought down white people though...I've never looked up to Al, Jesse or even Martin. I always figured they ultimately worked for the same "people."


Posted By: india100
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 4:40pm

Nadia ^^ You know that man went to jail numerous times during the 60's . I disagree with you with love . More poweful black men need to step up . Rev sharpton stop his treaments to fight for Trayvon . Good topic tatee, but i need to leave . No one can change my mind about the man after what i witness in the 60 's with my own eyes . I am a little hot after hearing about our sweet member passing  . BHM lost several members i really love . I hope Farra/LQ is ok . I sent a pm yesterday .



Posted By: Benni
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 4:41pm
Originally posted by zolloh zolloh wrote:

I read the full investigation report on smokinggun 2 days ago....his ass is lucky he isnt swimming with the fishes



Just what I was thinking


Also, how friendly is Al with Buonanno that they will be discussing the type of Mafia business the FBI will be interested in ??

Too shady


Posted By: NadiaPost
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 4:49pm
Originally posted by india100 india100 wrote:

Nadia ^^ You know that man went to jail numerous times during the 60's . I disagree with you with love . More poweful black men need to step up . Rev sharpton stop his treaments to fight for Trayvon . Good topic tatee, but i need to leave . No one can change my mind about the man after what i witness in the 60 's with my own eyes . I am a little hot after hearing about our sweet member passing  . BHM lost several members i really love . I hope Farra/LQ is ok . I sent a pm yesterday .

Ms. India no disrespect but when someone disagrees with you need to learn how to debate without getting upset. I'm not here to change your mind or anyone elses mind for that matter.This is a discussion not an argument. I'm not trying to argue with you I'm having a discussion and I think he's an opportunist. Not discrediting anything he's done in the past but he's no civil right leader in my opinion. He holds our peoples hand in crisis but he's no role model to me. I've read books about Marcus Garvey, malcolm x, and martin Luther king I aint never real no book about fat al. Again please don't get upset this is just my opinion Ms. India Please don't come for me. My mother would be upset if I got u uptight


Posted By: india100
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 5:02pm
Originally posted by NadiaPost NadiaPost wrote:

Originally posted by india100 india100 wrote:

Nadia ^^ You know that man went to jail numerous times during the 60's . I disagree with you with love . More poweful black men need to step up . Rev sharpton stop his treaments to fight for Trayvon . Good topic tatee, but i need to leave . No one can change my mind about the man after what i witness in the 60 's with my own eyes . I am a little hot after hearing about our sweet member passing  . BHM lost several members i really love . I hope Farra/LQ is ok . I sent a pm yesterday .

Ms. India no disrespect but when someone disagrees with you need to learn how to debate without getting upset. I'm not here to change your mind or anyone elses mind for that matter.This is a discussion not an argument. I'm not trying to argue with you I'm having a discussion and I think he's an opportunist. Not discrediting anything he's done in the past but he's no civil right leader in my opinion. He holds our peoples hand in crisis but he's no role model to me. I've read books about Marcus Garvey, malcolm x, and martin Luther king I aint never real no book about fat al. Again please don't get upset this is just my opinion Ms. India Please don't come for me. My mother would be upset if I got u uptight
Nadia plese stop saying i am upset . I AM NOT . A lot of things change including me since you left for a while . I  had every right to be upset back in 2008 and you know it . I told you my mind was upset over the member lost . Please stop saying i am upset . I can roll or ignore anyone on this site after i found out ages and how things work . PLEASE STOP SAYING THAT . I am happy and content . I still have your number . Be good or little India will call you . She can't talk for 5 hours . LOLCry


Posted By: NadiaPost
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 5:13pm
Originally posted by india100 india100 wrote:

Originally posted by NadiaPost NadiaPost wrote:

Originally posted by india100 india100 wrote:


Nadia ^^ You know that man went to jail numerous times during the 60's . I disagree with you with love . More poweful black men need to step up . Rev sharpton stop his treaments to fight for Trayvon . Good topic tatee, but i need to leave . No one can change my mind about the man after what i witness in the 60 's with my own eyes . I am a little hot after hearing about our sweet member passing  . BHM lost several members i really love . I hope Farra/LQ is ok . I sent a pm yesterday .

Ms. India no disrespect but when someone disagrees with you need to learn how to debate without getting upset. I'm not here to change your mind or anyone elses mind for that matter.This is a discussion not an argument. I'm not trying to argue with you I'm having a discussion and I think he's an opportunist. Not discrediting anything he's done in the past but he's no civil right leader in my opinion. He holds our peoples hand in crisis but he's no role model to me. I've read books about Marcus Garvey, malcolm x, and martin Luther king I aint never real no book about fat al. Again please don't get upset this is just my opinion Ms. India Please don't come for me. My mother would be upset if I got u uptight
Nadia plese stop saying i am upset . I AM NOT . A lot of things change including me since you left for a while . I  had every right to be upset back in 2008 and you know it . I told you my mind was upset over the member lost . Please stop saying i am upset . I can roll or ignore anyone on this site after i found out ages and how things work . PLEASE STOP SAYING THAT . I am happy and content . I still have your number . Be good or little India will call you . She can't talk for 5 hours . LOLCry

I'll be good promise please don't send Little India for me. I'm glad you aren't upset I know sometimes when I post stuff it comes out sort of wrong and people can misconstrue it as being something else. Do you prefer Al fat or Skinny? I liked Star Jones when she was fat now that she is skinny she resembles a bobblehead. Sometimes people just look better fat


Posted By: melikey
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 5:24pm
The no snitching credo does not apply to whites. What would one of those mobsters do if they had dirt on al? Matter of fact it was probably one of them that leaked the story!


Posted By: afrokock
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 5:36pm
Originally posted by NadiaPost NadiaPost wrote:

Originally posted by india100 india100 wrote:

Nadia ^^ You know that man went to jail numerous times during the 60's . I disagree with you with love . More poweful black men need to step up . Rev sharpton stop his treaments to fight for Trayvon . Good topic tatee, but i need to leave . No one can change my mind about the man after what i witness in the 60 's with my own eyes . I am a little hot after hearing about our sweet member passing  . BHM lost several members i really love . I hope Farra/LQ is ok . I sent a pm yesterday .

Ms. India no disrespect but when someone disagrees with you need to learn how to debate without getting upset. I'm not here to change your mind or anyone elses mind for that matter.This is a discussion not an argument. I'm not trying to argue with you I'm having a discussion and I think he's an opportunist. Not discrediting anything he's done in the past but he's no civil right leader in my opinion. He holds our peoples hand in crisis but he's no role model to me. I've read books about Marcus Garvey, malcolm x, and martin Luther king I aint never real no book about fat al. Again please don't get upset this is just my opinion Ms. India Please don't come for me. My mother would be upset if I got u uptight
dope post


Posted By: ms_wonderland
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 5:53pm
I hate Marcus Garvey...the man, not what he claimed to stand for.

AL SHARPTON's MSNBC show is just ok...so I gather he will be stepping down soon since ppl were waiting for more reasons to call for his head and stop taking him as a credible political source.  They got rid of Martin Bashir and Keith Olbermann for nothing.


Posted By: iliveforbhm
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 6:42pm
Originally posted by ms_wonderland ms_wonderland wrote:

I hate Marcus Garvey...the man, not what he claimed to stand for.

AL SHARPTON's MSNBC show is just ok...so I gather he will be stepping down soon since ppl were waiting for more reasons to call for his head and stop taking him as a credible political source.  They got rid of Martin Bashir and Keith Olbermann for nothing.

Why do you hate Marcus Garvey? You got a lot more explaining to do.


Posted By: ms_wonderland
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 6:50pm
Originally posted by iliveforbhm iliveforbhm wrote:

Originally posted by ms_wonderland ms_wonderland wrote:

I hate Marcus Garvey...the man, not what he claimed to stand for.

AL SHARPTON's MSNBC show is just ok...so I gather he will be stepping down soon since ppl were waiting for more reasons to call for his head and stop taking him as a credible political source.  They got rid of Martin Bashir and Keith Olbermann for nothing.

Why do you hate Marcus Garvey? You got a lot more explaining to do.

Since I don't have a keyboard, bullet points: true def of hood rich...rather buy gucci than pay the light bill...terrible husband and provider...terrible business man who used his supporters to fund his lifestyle rather than ensuring the success of his vision...womanizer...deadbeat dad...basically, he was all show, imo(eta not ALL show, he wanted things to succeed but didn't have the tools in himself).  I think those around him were more dedicated, like his wives.  Idk what was up w him and fascism either.  But great speaker and I respect his beliefs on pan africansim.


Posted By: iliveforbhm
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 7:10pm
Originally posted by ms_wonderland ms_wonderland wrote:

Originally posted by iliveforbhm iliveforbhm wrote:

Originally posted by ms_wonderland ms_wonderland wrote:

I hate Marcus Garvey...the man, not what he claimed to stand for.

AL SHARPTON's MSNBC show is just ok...so I gather he will be stepping down soon since ppl were waiting for more reasons to call for his head and stop taking him as a credible political source.  They got rid of Martin Bashir and Keith Olbermann for nothing.

Why do you hate Marcus Garvey? You got a lot more explaining to do.

Since I don't have a keyboard, bullet points: true def of hood rich...rather buy gucci than pay the light bill...terrible husband and provider...terrible business man who used his supporters to fund his lifestyle rather than ensuring the success of his vision...womanizer...deadbeat dad...basically, he was all show, imo(eta not ALL show, he wanted things to succeed but didn't have the tools in himself).  I think those around him were more dedicated, like his wives.  Idk what was up w him and fascism either.  But great speaker and I respect his beliefs on pan africansim.

Hmmm....I need to do some more research.


Posted By: ms_wonderland
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 7:18pm
reading into him made me upset.  Pinch


Posted By: iliveforbhm
Date Posted: Apr 10 2014 at 7:45pm
I definitely see.



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