January 24, 2012
Julian Assange Launching New Television Show
Julian Assange, founder of whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks, said he is creating a new controversial television talk show built around the theme of "the world tomorrow" where will challenge the show's guests on their vision of world affairs and "their ideas on how to secure a brighter future."
Although guests have not been disclosed yet, Assange promised controversy in picking who appears on the show.
WikiLeaks released a statement on Monday that said the show would feature "controversial voices from across the political spectrum -- iconoclasts, visionaries and power insiders -- each to offer a window on the world tomorrow and their ideas on how to secure a brighter future."
The site said it had licensing commitments covering over 600 million viewers across cable, satellite and terrestrial networks.
"Through this series I will explore the possibilities for our future in conversations with those who are shaping it," Assange said in a statement. "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."
WikiLeaks became notorious when it leaked tens of thousands of confidential documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the thoughts of U.S. diplomats on world leaders.
Assange is currently waiting for a supreme court decision over his appeal against his extradition to Sweden under a European arrest warrant.
He is accused of raping a woman and "sexually molesting and coercing" another in August last year. He has denied the allegations and says the sex was consensual.
It is still uncertain whether Assange will be free to host the show due to the allegations he is still facing.
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