Al Sharpton closed out his show Tuesday night addressing the Smoking Gun report that he was an FBI informant. Sharpton insisted he “did the right thing” and cooperated with authorities, but refuted the idea he was an official informant for the FBI.
Sharpton explained that he was involved with black musicians and promoters to the point where “my life was threatened by people who claimed to be mobsters,” saying one person directly threatened to kill him.
Sharpton said he reached out to the FBI “to try to protect myself and others.” He dismissed the idea this is a new story and pointed out he wrote about it in a book years ago. He said, “I did the right thing, working with authorities,” and used the space to rail against the “no snitch” campaign in black communities, saying there’s nothing wrong with “helping the police keep communities safe.”
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