The Rev. Al Sharpton, the ambulance chasing civil rights careerist, race baiter and MSNBC fixture, served his government as an FBI informant. Sharpton said he worked with the FBI after he was threatened by gangsters but, as The Smoking Gun reported on earlier this month, this turns out to be a lie.
In fact, the explanation for Sharpton’s informership is far more prosaic — he was caught on tape negotiating a cocaine deal.
“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,” The Smoking Gun reports. “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.”