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Sharpton blasts media reports calling him an informant

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 - 01:32

April 8 - Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton told reporters he was not an FBI informant, but had cooperated with a 1980s federal probe. Sarah Irwin reports.

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Rejecting media reports he was an FBI informant, civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton - told reporters he had cooperated with a 1980's federal probe - but was not a criminal. SOUNDBITE (English) CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST REVEREND AL SHARPTON, SAYING: "I was never told I was an informant with a number, so I my own mind, I was not an informant. I was cooperating with investigations." Speaking Tuesday morning outside the Harlem headquarters of his group - the National Action Network - Sharpton lashed out at New York tabloids. SOUNDBITE (English) CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST REVEREND AL SHARPTON, SAYING: "Many of us are condemned for not fighting crime, and now we're condemned for fighting crime." On Monday, The Smoking Gun website published documents appearing to contain intelligence gathered by informants in an FBI sting into New York's Genovese crime family. The documents did not name the informants - but the website said Sharpton was one of them. Sharpton denied this, but said he had sought government protection 30 years ago. Sharpton said he had cooperated with authorities by trying to get suspected mobsters to repeat threats made against him while he was working in the music industry. SOUNDBITE (English) CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST REVEREND AL SHARPTON, SAYING: "The conversations were recorded. And I would record them today if somebody threatened me." An FBI spokesman declined to comment on the situation.

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Sharpton blasts media reports calling him an informant

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 - 01:32