Former Minnesota governor and pro wrestler Jesse Ventura is currently on the press circuit around the launch of his talk show Off the Grid, but only from an undisclosed location in Mexico, safe from the prying camera-eyes of drones. "I'm off the grid," he said in an interview with CNBC yesterday. "I move about with my TV show so that the drones can't find me, and that you won't know exactly where I am as long as we have solar power and we can reach the satellite." He ignored questions from host Kelly Evans about whether the answer was "a hoax" and how he could describe himself as off the grid if he was on the internet.
While it's doubtful that the US is analyzing surveillance footage to find Jesse Ventura, it has partnered with Mexico on drone operations. In 2011, officials in both countries confirmed that the Pentagon had begun flying unmanned surveillance craft over Mexico to find leads on drug trafficking for local law enforcement, and the Department of Homeland Security uses drones to watch both sides of the border. Ventura's show — whose guest stars have so far included former Presidential candidate Ron Paul and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones — is supposedly filmed primarily in the Baja Peninsula, but unlike fellow conspiratorial expatriate John McAfee, Ventura hasn't given anyone cause to launch an international manhunt that might reveal his precise location.
Ventura, a longtime independent, used his appearance on CNBC to decry increasing income inequality in America at the hands of both Democratic and Republican politicians. He has hinted at a run for the presidency in 2016.