Monday, January 14, 2008

Jesse Ventura and the CIA

Update: CIA confirms Ventura meeting occurred

Turns out there actually was a Ventura meeting with the CIA in 1999. CIA Spokesman George Little confirmed the event today in a written statement, but he offered few details.

Little said that "on occasion CIA officers meet with senior state government officials, as they did in this case, to discuss issues of mutual interest."

Little shed less light on another revelation in Ventura's book. The former Independence Party governor says he was "stunned to learn that there is a CIA operative inside every state government." Ventura says the Minnesota operative was a deputy commissioner, who was working with a dual identity.

In response to a question about Ventura's claim, Little wrote, "I wouldn't think of CIA officers as being in state governments. They're federal employees."

Former wrestler and Governor Jesse Ventura has a book out, written with well-known JFK assassination researcher Dick Russell. You can get an advance look at it here, although you have to sign up first.

Shortly after he took office in 1999, he was escorted to a state Capitol conference room where 23 CIA agents were waiting. He writes that they grilled him about how he campaigned and won the election. "In short, how had the independent wrestler candidate pulled this off?"

He said he learned "there is a CIA operative inside every state government. ... In Minnesota, this person was at a deputy commissioner level, fairly high up."
"In our country, there is a certain ruling class that won't give up the power," he writes. "I know I had to be destroyed because of what I represented and how I got elected. There was a ripple of fright that what happened in Minnesota could be a trend."


Blogger John Geraghty said...

I'm very much interested in reading this, thanks for the excerpt Gary. Both Ventura and Russell are interesting and admirable people.

5:45 AM  
Blogger Pat Porter said...

The tickler you provided from this book just does not pass the sniff test based on my 23 years of experience in the Company. I suggest that it is either a fabrication or a greatly exaggerated story that the CIA sent 23 people to "grill" Ventura. I am sure the CIA has better things to do than be concerned about Ventura's election. It is irresponsible rhetoric such as this at least partly responsible for a public so distrustful of the CIA. As a former CIA paramilitary operative I used to have some respect for Ventura, who himself was a Navy Seal. I do not begrudge that he has done well for himself from the navy, to pro-wrestler to politician. But the trouble with self-made men is that end up worshiping their creator! If I get the hands on the book then I'll give it a fair review on my blog.

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not just that they had a meeting with him, but that he was told that all government from the Federal to the city level is run by the CIA. Irresponsible? Since when is it irresponsible to question authority? It is irresponsible to accept that our government works in secrecy. Keep your communism to yourself with those kinds of comments and let Ventura be heard.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone knows that there is no freedom here. If there was, why do pay taxes? Why do dairy farmers get controlled by government but Intel is free to charge huge for computers.? C'mon, we are all followers of the wealthy... That is why Jesus was poor. He showed a lot. The end is not yet but soon.

10:11 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Watch your Ps and Qs Porter, you may wind up like Chris Kyle !

4:34 PM  

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