This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

NEW YORK – The reverend Al Sharpton held a news conference today after a report surfaced that he spied on New York mafia for the FBI in the 1980s.

On Monday, The Smoking Gun reported Sharpton recorded conversations with mobsters.

In a news conference, Sharpton said he never considered himself an informant for law enforcement rather than one who cooperated.

“I’ve done a lot of things in life. Some that if I could do again I would do differently. But in this situation I did what was right. I did what I was always raised in the values of a praying mother to do and I did what I tell kids everyday. All over this country that they should do and that is deal with getting guns and crime out of their community and cooperate with the law.”

He claimed he was not associated with the mob rather than threatened by them.