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Wikileaks' Julian Assange is Coming to TV

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will host his own political talk show starting mid-March.

Wikileaks announced on Monday that founder Julian Assange will host his own TV show starting mid-March. An actual date and channel was not provided, but the show will reportedly be seen by over 600 million viewers across cable, satellite and terrestrial broadcast networks, and consist of ten weekly half-hour episodes.

The theme of the show, according to Wikileaks, will be the world of tomorrow. "Upheavals and revolutions in the Middle East have commenced an era of political change that is still unfolding," the publisher states in a press release. "In the West, the deterioration of the rule of law has demonstrated the bankruptcy of once leading political institutions and ideologies. The internet has never been so strong, or so much under attack."

Assange will draw together "controversial voices from across the political spectrum" which includes iconoclasts, visionaries and power insiders. Each will offer their vision of the world of tomorrow along with their ideas on how to make things better, more secure.

"Through this series I will explore the possibilities for our future in conversations with those who are shaping it," Assange said on Monday. "Are we heading towards utopia, or dystopia and how we can set our paths? This is an exciting opportunity to discuss the vision of my guests in a new style of show that examines their philosophies and struggles in a deeper and clearer way than has been done before."

Assange is currently the subject of an ongoing Grand Jury investigation in the United States that's spanned for more than 500 days. Ultimately he may face charges of espionage, as prosecutors in the case of Private Bradley Manning revealed evidence of Assange's alleged role in stealing secret military documents. As of this writing, he's living in the U.K. under bail and waiting for his case to be heard in the Supreme Court. He's also fighting extradition to Sweden on charges that he sexually assaulted two women back in 2010.

Based on his current predicament, ten weekly half-hour episodes may be all the TV time Assange can afford until both situations are resolved.

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    ahnilated , January 24, 2012 4:42 PM
    ClasszeroI will refuse to watch any network that hosts this.


    So you prefer to keep your head in the sand and let the corporations keep doing illegal things?
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    NuclearShadow , January 24, 2012 4:43 PM
    I see Julian Assange as a hero, the man has my respect. To believe he is a "bad guy" in anyway requires the foolish act of believing the words of the very people and organizations that he has exposed for their unlawful, unjust, and some down right evil acts.

    Sadly I don't expect any American networks to be airing his show. Hopefully they will release them online as well.
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    rawful , January 24, 2012 4:59 PM
    I will be watching this as soon as it is available to me, whether on cable or on the internet. Very interested to hear what is said by all parties involved.
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    Anonymous , January 24, 2012 4:26 PM
    Ughhh... I don't want to be bothered by man with a huge ego telling me what is right and wrong.
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    ajay_vishvanathan , January 24, 2012 4:31 PM
    HAHA!!! This is awesome.. go get 'em Julian... make this world clean.. my hero.. :p 
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    supall , January 24, 2012 4:40 PM
    Julian Assange or Kim Kardashian...both are annoying as hell in the news.
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    ahnilated , January 24, 2012 4:42 PM
    ClasszeroI will refuse to watch any network that hosts this.


    So you prefer to keep your head in the sand and let the corporations keep doing illegal things?
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    NuclearShadow , January 24, 2012 4:43 PM
    I see Julian Assange as a hero, the man has my respect. To believe he is a "bad guy" in anyway requires the foolish act of believing the words of the very people and organizations that he has exposed for their unlawful, unjust, and some down right evil acts.

    Sadly I don't expect any American networks to be airing his show. Hopefully they will release them online as well.
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    mrmaia , January 24, 2012 4:49 PM
    Wikileaks is all about gaining info secretly, now Assange will ask for info while 600 million people watch?
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    NuclearShadow , January 24, 2012 4:52 PM
    mrmaiaWikileaks is all about gaining info secretly, now Assange will ask for info while 600 million people watch?


    Secret info will no doubt not be revealed by the leak on the show. The show is more likely going to a discussion show about the current events in the world.
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    PseudopsiaKite , January 24, 2012 4:56 PM
    I guess this will air on RT. I'm actually more interested in watching the mainstream media reaction to this news. :) 
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    PrvtChurch , January 24, 2012 4:59 PM
    $10 says no one watches it.
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    rawful , January 24, 2012 4:59 PM
    I will be watching this as soon as it is available to me, whether on cable or on the internet. Very interested to hear what is said by all parties involved.
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    blazorthon , January 24, 2012 5:01 PM
    I'm kinda surprised that any TV network would touch him although now may be the only time to do so should his trial go south. I'll probably watch it to find out what he has to say but I really don't know what to think about this.
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    egmccann , January 24, 2012 5:39 PM
    If he wants to be consistent, he should steal episodes from other shows and "release" them on his. If he can get people to send him unfinished, unreleased episodes, so much the better.
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    socalboomer , January 24, 2012 6:02 PM
    I say go ahead - his abrasive personality and blatant supercilious-ness will pretty much doom his show within 5 minutes of going on air.

    And asking Julian to make the world "clean" - that all depends on your definition. His definition is definitely NOT mine - although I am utterly against corporate and government corruption, his definition is absolutely slanted in one direction only.

    But, I'm all for letting people have their say, and if he shoots himself in the weenie with it, that's great.
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    warezme , January 24, 2012 6:28 PM
    he is the antichrist, or is that romney?
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    tokencode , January 24, 2012 6:56 PM
    Further proof that the only thing Julian is interested in is himself. I am all for free information, but this guy definitely has questionable motives. Information from people with questionable motives is at best questionable.

    If he was truly interested in freedom of information, everything posted on wikileaks would ahve been made available publically, not just what he decided to release. He is simply trying ot make a name for himself for his own personal gain.
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    slabbo , January 24, 2012 7:00 PM
    ClasszeroI will refuse to watch any network that hosts this.

    well you got one thing right, Mr. Classzero, and that's because you have ZERO CLASS.
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    pedro_mann , January 24, 2012 7:23 PM
    I used to think he was crazy, as I still do. Just releasing everything with no filter was crazy, he put alot of American soldiers' lives a Jeopardy. But, I also think the American government is corrupt and abusive of it's power. So Assange has a lot of guts for doing what he did. Being a free thinker myself, Id'e give him a half a dozen episodes to prove his own sanity. Any attempts to censor his message would prove further the corruptness of our society.
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