Porkins Policy Radio episode 66 Al Sharpton: FBI Informant

On today’s episode I take a close look at the Reverend Al Sharpton’s work as a confidential informant for the FBI. I discuss his time as CI-7 and how this formed the man that Sharpton would become later in life. I begin with his early years working at Spring Records and how this initiated Sharpton into the world of organized crime. I look at his connections with the Gambino and Genovese crime families, and how an FBI cocaine sting led him to become one of the Bureau most protected and valuable informants. I discuss Sharpton’s relationships with mafioso luminaries such as Joseph “Joe Bananas” Bonanno, Daniel Pagano, Matthew “Matty the Horse” Ianniello, and many others. I also discuss Sharpton’s relationship with heroin trafficker and record producer Robert Curington, who was integral to Sharpton’s fame and power. I also break down how Sharpton’s work informing on the Mafia led to some of the biggest cases in FBI history, including some aimed at Genovese family boss, Vincent “Chin” Gigante. Later I look at allegations that Sharpton was also informing on black revolutionaries and activists during the 1980’s. I explore the allegation that Sharpton was working with the FBI to locate legendary Black Panther Assata Shakur.

Later I discuss Sharpton’s ever evolving public persona and how he may still be working with the government today. I break down how Sharpton has publicly spoken out against ripping off black musicians and the problem of drugs in the black community while simultaneously working with the very people responsible for these crimes. I also point out how several mafia figures and Sharpton himself have been mirrored in the television show The Sopranos. I finish off by ranting about Anthony Wiener, how disgusted I am at the election, and link it to figures like Al Sharpton.

Download PPR episode 66

Show Notes:

Al Sharpton’s Secret Work as an FBI Informant: Untold story of how activist once aided Mafia probes

Ahmed Obefemi recalls 1983 meeting with Rev. Al Sharpton and his bugged briefcase

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  • Ronald Thomas West  On November 5, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    It’s hard to get behind the work of anyone who uses the first person, singular, personal pronoun “I” 13 time in two paragraphs. But not too worry, Tom Engelhardt at the Nation Institute’s project TomDispatch holds the record; over 40 times in one essay…

    So Sharpton’s an establishment slime-bag, that’s nothing new, Black Agenda Report has been all over his skunk butt for years

    • porkinspolicyreview  On November 5, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      Well it was just me talking live for 2 hours hence the use of “I” so much in the description. I can’t discuss something because Glen Ford has written about it before? Try coming up with a live two hour show every week. It is not easy.

    • D.  On November 6, 2016 at 7:00 am

      Yeah, somebody spoke about something, let’s all shut the fuck up about something and also all the other things previously mentioned somewhere.

      Also, comparing podcast/radio (sound) with a written article, that if read would take 5 minutes tops to read is dishonest.

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