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Al Sharpton

The Reverend Al Sharpton has now confirmed some of the claims in a story from The Smoking Gun which states that he was an FBI informant working against the Italian Mafia in New York. But Sharpton is not embracing the entire story, claiming parts are exaggerated and not true.

Sharpton compared his secret activities with those of former New York Governor Elliot Spitzer, saying his were nobler and that if all the claims in TSG’s story were true he deserves a “ticker-tape parade.”

“It’s crazy. If I provided all the information they claimed I provided, I should be given a ticker-tape parade,” said Sharpton, 59, who now regularly rubs elbows with Obama and his wife Michelle, Attorney General Eric Holder and congressmen and other national leaders.

“What did Al Sharpton do wrong? Eliot Spitzer did do something wrong, and he got a TV show,” said the Rev. Al, referring to the hooker-loving former governor.

Indeed, what did Al Sharpton do wrong?

The answer to that question remains unknown, though it is relevant to know why Sharpton became an FBI informant. Was it to avoid charges? Did he want or expect favors in return?

For his part Sharpton claims he contacted the FBI as a frightened “civil-rights leader helping black concert promoters.” That he was being threatened by mobsters in the entertainment industry and turned to the FBI for help.

If Sharpton’s version is correct about such limited involvement then the FBI is making some interesting claims in court documents.

Photo by David Shankbone under Creative Commons license.