Wikileaks boss to host TV talk show

Jan 25, 2012, 08:51 IST | Agencies
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has announced he will host a global TV talk show where he will interview "key political players, thinkers and revolutionaries".

In a statement posted on the WikiLeaks site, Assange said the series was a new style of show that would examine his subjects "in a deeper and clearer way than has been done before".

The series would begin airing in mid-March, in 10 weekly half-hour episodes, the statement said.

Host with the most: WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange will interview key
political players, thinkers and revolutionaries from around the world.
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"I will explore the possibilities for our future in conversations with those who are shaping it. Are we heading towards utopia, or dystopia and how we can set our paths?" Assange said.

The statement claimed initial licencing commitments covered more than 600 million viewers across cable, satellite and terrestrial broadcast networks, however it was not clear whether the show would air on Australian television.

The release adds: "WikiLeaks, as the world's boldest publisher, has been at the front line of this global movement for understanding and change. Its founder, Julian Assange, as the subject of an ongoing Grand Jury investigation in the United States for over 500 days now, is one of the world's most recognizable revolutionary figures."

Assange, who runs the site as editor-in-chief, is wanted in Sweden for questioning over allegations that he sexually assaulted two women in Stockholm in August 2010.

He is currently involved in extradition proceedings in London over the alleged incident. Swedish officials met Australian Greens senator Scott Ludlam last month about his rights, should he be extradited.

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A play about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange opened in London to mixed reviews. Man In The Middle, detailing the life of the silver-haired 40-year-old Australian, opened at a south London theatre last week. The script has been adapted since the production was staged in Sydney last year under the title Stainless Steel Rat, but Queenslander Darren Weller, who was in the original cast, continues in the lead role. The play is often imagined conversations, moments behind closed doors and encrypted channels of communication, coupled with the continual pressure that international governments have put upon Assange's head over rape allegations in Sweden and potential espionage in the USA.

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