An FBI video taken in 1983 caught Rev. Al Sharpton purchasing cocaine from an undercover federal agent.
This was before he became an informant for the FBI.
The New York Post reported:
The Rev. Al Sharpton may claim he wore a wire for the feds because he had been threatened by the mob — but a new report says he turned rat to save himself after a federal drug sting.
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The FBI “flipped” the bombastic reverend after agents confronted him with a surveillance video showing him discussing cocaine with an undercover agent, The Smoking Gun Web site said Wednesday.
During that March 1983 conversation, Sharpton wore a cowboy-like hat that was garish even by the rabble-rousing preacher’s 1980s standards.
He later showed up at a Manhattan apartment for another meeting that June with the agent, who was posing as a “former South American druglord seeking to launder money through boxing promotions,” the report said.
Instead, Sharpton was met by G-men who were not undercover — and who showed him the “drug” video, the Web site said, citing a source familiar with Sharpton’s secret FBI file.