Known in the wrestling ring back in the day as Jesse “The Body”, Ventura called himself Jesse “The Mind” when he joined Ross Perot’s Reform Party and entered a world of politics. His politics are now mostly aired over the airwaves and in bookstores. And on Tuesday, The Mind said National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden was right to tell the world about NSAspying on American civilians and friendly nations alike.
Ventura, whose radio talents has made him a sort of Alex Jones, said that even though Snowden broke the law, his doing so provided Americanswith a service — the knowledge that their government was spying on them unjustly. He said President Obama should pardon Snowden instead of punishing him as a traitor.
“Many of my fans commented on my Facebook post that the call for clemency is a trap,” Ventura said Tuesday. “That Obama is in on this—that he is trying to bait Snowden to come back home so he can be arrested. That’s a classic ops move, and that would make for one hell of a conspiracy theory,” he said, not actually subscribing to that being the case.
“Edward Snowden is my personal hero, and Bradley Manning and Julian Assange are right up there with him,” Ventura said.
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