Wikileaks' Julian Assange is Coming to TV
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.