Known as CI-7 Way to long to post the whole article, here is a link. http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documen...harpton-764312 Al Sharpton's Secret Work As FBI Informant Untold story of how activist once aided probes of NYC wiseguys Beginning in the mid-1980s and spanning several years, Sharptonâ€™s cooperation was fraught with danger since the FBIâ€™s principal targets were leaders of the Genovese crime family, the countryâ€™s largest and most feared Mafia outfit. In addition to aiding the FBI/NYPD task force, which was known as the â€œGenovese squad,â€ Sharptonâ€™s cooperation extended to several other investigative agencies. TSGâ€™s account of Sharptonâ€™s secret life as â€œCI-7â€ is based on hundreds of pages of confidential FBI affidavits, documents released by the bureau in response to Freedom of Information Act requests, court records, and extensive interviews with six members of the Genovese squad, as well as other law enforcement officials to whom the activist provided assistance. Like almost every other FBI informant, Sharpton was solely an information source. The parameters of his cooperation did not include Sharpton ever surfacing publicly or testifying on a witness stand. Genovese squad investigators--representing both the FBI and NYPD--recalled how Sharpton, now 59, deftly extracted information from wiseguys. In fact, one Gambino crime family figure became so comfortable with the protest leader that he spoke openly--during ten wired face-to-face meetings--about a wide range of mob business, from shylocking and extortions to death threats and the sanity of Vincent â€œChinâ€ Gigante, the Genovese boss who long feigned mental illness in a bid to deflect law enforcement scrutiny. As the mafioso expounded on these topics, Sharptonâ€™s briefcase--a specially customized Hartman model--recorded his every word. Task force members, who were interviewed separately, spoke on the condition of anonymity when describing Sharptonâ€™s work as an informant and the Genovese squadâ€™s activities. Some of these investigators provided internal FBI documents to a reporter. Records obtained by TSG show that information gathered by Sharpton was used by federal investigators to help secure court authorization to bug two Genovese family social clubs, including Giganteâ€™s Greenwich Village headquaders, and more than a dozen phone lines. These listening devices and wiretaps were approved during the course of a major racketeering investigation targeting the Genovese familyâ€™s hierarchy. A total of eight separate U.S. District Court judges--presiding in four federal jurisdictions--signed interception orders that were based on sworn FBI affidavits including information gathered by Sharpton. The phones bugged as a result of these court orders included two lines in Giganteâ€™s Manhattan townhouse, the home phone of Genovese captain Dominick â€œBaldy Domâ€ Canterino, and the office lines of music industry power Morris Levy, a longtime Genovese family associate. The resulting surreptitious recordings were eventually used to help convict an assortment of Mafia members and associates. Investigators also used Sharptonâ€™s information in an application for a wiretap on the telephone in the Queens residence of Federico â€œFritzyâ€ Giovanelli, a Genovese soldier. Giovanelli was sentenced to 20 years in prison for racketeering following a trial during which those recordings were played for jurors. In a recent interview, the 82-year-old Giovanelli--now three years removed from his latest stint in federal custody--said that he was unaware that Sharpton contributed in any fashion to his phoneâ€™s bugging. He then jokingly chided a reporter for inquiring about the civil rights leaderâ€™s past. â€œPoor Sharpton, he cleaned up his life and you want to ruin him,â€ Giovanelli laughed. While Sharptonâ€™s acrimonious history with law enforcement--especially the NYPD--rankled some Genovese squad investigators, they nonetheless grudgingly acknowledged in interviews that the activist produced for those he would go on to frequently pillory. Genovese squad members, however, did not share with Sharpton specific details about how they were using the information m. This is standard practice since FBI affidavits in support of wiretap applications are filed under seal by Department of Justice prosecutors. Still, Sharpton was briefed in advance of his undercover sorties, so he was well aware of the squadâ€™s investigative interest in Gigante and his Mafia cronies. Sharpton vehemently denies having worked as an FBI informant. He has alleged that claims of government cooperation were attempts by dark forces to stunt his aggressive brand of civil rights advocacy or, perhaps, get him killed. In his most recent book, â€œThe Rejected Stone,â€ which hit best seller lists following its October 2013 publication, Sharpton claimed to have once been â€œset up by the government,â€ whose agents later leaked â€œfalse informationâ€ that â€œcould have gotten me killed.â€ He added, â€œSo I have been seriously tested in what I believe over the years.â€ In an interview Saturday, Sharpton again denied working as a confidential informant, claiming that his prior cooperation with FBI agents was limited to efforts to prompt investigations of drug dealing in minority communities, as well as the swindling of black artists in the recording industry. He also repeatedly denied being â€œflippedâ€ by federal agents in the course of an undercover operation. When asked specifically about his recording of the Gambino crime family member, Sharpton was noncommittal: â€œIâ€™m not saying yes, Iâ€™m not saying no.â€ If Sharptonâ€™s account is to be believed, he was simply a concerned citizen who voluntarily (and briefly) joined arm-in-arm with federal agents, perhaps risking peril in the process. The other explanation for Sharptonâ€™s cooperation--one that has uniformly been offered by knowledgeable law enforcement agents--presents the reverend in a less noble light. Worried that he could face criminal charges, Sharpton opted for the path of self-preservation and did what the FBI asked. Which is usually how someone is compelled to repeatedly record a gangster discussing murder, extortion, and loan sharking.