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A spokesman for the Central Intellegence Agency confirms that agents met with then-Governor Jesse Ventura in 1999. In a new book, Ventura claims 23 CIA agents grilled him about his campaign shortly after taking office. The St. Paul Pioneer Press published excerpts today (Thursday) from an advance copy of the book. CIA Spokesman George Little confirmed a meeting in an e-mail to Minnesota Public Radio, 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." But former Minnesota Senator Dave Durenberger, who spent 8 years on the Senate Intellegence Committee, says Ventura's account is hard to believe.

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