While some information has floated around regarding this for some time, leave it to the Smoking Gun to put your business in the street! (See http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/Al-Sharpton-918273 and http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/investigation/al-sharpton-764312) While the event being discussed below doesn’t seem to be impacted, we can’t help but wonder how this will affect people’s perceptions when considering taking a complaint to the National Action Network. Presented against the backdrop of programs such as Cointelpro, well…
Mayor de Blasio, pols heap praise on Rev. Al Sharpton following FBI informant reveal
As Sharpton opened a three-day convention of his National Action Network, officials praised him and did not mention reports that provided new details of how he helped the FBI by secretly recording mobsters in the 1980s.
BY JENNIFER FERMINO NEW YORK DAILY NEWSSUSAN WATTS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Mayor Bill de Blasio praised Rev. Al Sharpton at the opening of the National Action Network convention ribbon-cutting at the Sheraton New York Hotel on Wednesday following revelations of his past as an FBI informant.
Two days after stunning new revelations about his role as an FBI informant, the Rev. Al Sharpton proved Wednesday that he can still draw a crowd – and the praise of powerful politicians.
Mayor de Blasio hailed the civil rights activist as a “blessing,” and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke as well, as Sharpton opened a three-day convention of his National Action Network at a midtown hotel.
The White House said the new details about Sharpton’s cooperation with the FBI would not change President Obama’s plans to give the keynote speech at the gathering on Friday.
“Rev. Sharpton and the National Action Network have made significant contributions to civil rights efforts, and the president looks forward to appearing at the conference,” spokesman Jay Carney said.
In their appearances, Neither de Blasio nor Holder mentioned Monday’s story on The Smoking Gun website which provided stunning new details of how Sharpton helped the feds secretly record mobsters in the 1980s.