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Sharpton: 'I was not a paid mob informant'

Rev. Al SharptonRev. Al Sharpton speaks during a news conference in New York, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(AURN/AP) - The Rev. Al Sharpton says a report that he spied on New York Mafia figures for the FBI in the 1980s is old news.

Sharpton spoke Tuesday about the story posted Monday on the website The Smoking Gun that said he had recorded conversations with mobsters.

The story prompted the New York Post to dub Sharpton, 'Rev. Rat'

NY Post


 Front page of the New York Post, April 8, 2014

The said Sharpton worked with a police-FBI task force. The site posted dozens of pages of documents that appeared to show Sharpton's dealings with mob figures.

Sharpton said he went to the FBI when he was threatened by mobsters in the music business.

He says he cooperated with the FBI but didn't consider himself an informant. He says his lawyers are looking at the documents posted on The Smoking Gun.

The website said Sharpton was known as Confidential Informant No. 7.



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