WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange to Host Talk Show on Network Funded by Kremlin

Jan 25, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Julian Assange, the controversial founder of cyber-transparency website WikiLeaks, has announced he’s launching a television show, according to media reports.

The theme of the talk show will be “the world tomorrow.” The show will air on RT, a global TV news network based in Moscow and funded by the Kremlin, The Washington Post reports.

Guests have not been disclosed, but RT said today the plan is for 10 interviews with “key political players, thinkers and revolutionaries — figures who in the author’s opinion will be shaping the political agenda of tomorrow.”

Assange is currently under house arrest in Britain, fighting extradition to Sweden on allegations of sex crimes. U.S. officials have been considering filing charges against him in connection with what The Washington Post calls “the biggest disclosures of secret documents in U.S. history.”

RT, formerly known as Russia Today, is known for criticizing U.S. policy, the Post piece points out. Said RT editor in chief Margarita Simonyan: “We’re proud to host Julian Assange’s new project. RT has rallied a global audience of open-minded people who don’t take things around them for granted.”

RT, which broadcasts in various languages, including English, Spanish, Russian and Arabic, reaches a worldwide audience estimated at more than 430 million people via cable, satellite and Internet.

The Huffington Post reported: “The WikiLeaks secret-spilling site said in a statement released late Monday that ‘iconoclasts, visionaries and power insiders’ would be brought in so that Assange could challenge them on their vision of world affairs and ‘their ideas on how to secure a brighter future.’"

A statement from RT said Assange, a 40-year-old Australian, is uniquely qualified for the show because of his record as "a pioneer for a more just world and a victim of political repression."

Here’s a video about the project from RT:

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