Julian Assange show debuts next week

2012-04-14 12:39

April 13 - Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will launch his new TV talk show on Russia Today on April 17, but is keeping the guest list secret, the Kremlin-funded English language station said on Friday.

Assange, who is under house arrest in England fighting extradition to Sweden for questioning on an alleged sexual assault, filmed "The World Tomorrow" show from Britain.

Russia Today (RT) said in a news release that it would not release the guest list in advance, but said the first interview would prove controversial.

"We do not want to kill the buzz and the intrigue by revealing the name of the first guest," said RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan.

"But I have no doubt that this particular guest and this interview will lead to calls to shut us down from some especially hawkish personalities who have little respect for freedom of speech," she added.

Australian-born Assange said in a statement he would be talking to people "who normally simply would not be given a voice on TV at all. What is fair to say is that the majority of what they have said to me they could not say on a mainstream TV network."

Russia Today is considered a key Kremlin exercise in image enhancement by critics. It is beamed to some 430 million subscribers worldwide and it also streams online.

Assange's new show will be broadcast simultaneously from Moscow and Washington DC, in English, Arabic and Spanish.

Assange said April 17 marks the 500th day since financial transaction firms like Visa, Mastercard and Paypal began to refuse working with Wikileaks after it published a raft of secret US diplomatic cables in late 2010.

The blockade has crippled the organisation's ability to fund itself and continue its work.

  • Fidel - 2012-04-14 13:12

    Well done Juju! Keep exposing the double speak of those who have appointed themselves the moral conscience of the world.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-14 13:41

      What a shame, that he goes on an entertainment chanel, I did not believe he was all about comedy, Maybe he needs the money !!!

      Fidel - 2012-04-14 14:17

      Current affairs is entertaining indeed, or would you rather FOX news appointed him.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-14 14:39

      I always believed that FOX and RT were an a par, but having watched RT, this week, no doubt at all, RT is te most entertaining. Also, this Keyser clown, who does this "cross whatever" program is one of America's highest paid entertainers. Again julian Assange ( aktya juju )is good, shame that he is soo desperate for money!

      Fidel - 2012-04-14 15:46

      I would watch Max Keiser anyday over Richard Quest. Peter Levelle also doesn't shy away from asking the difficult questions that are gingerly avoided by the MSM. They both give a voice on issues and people that the MSM would never dare interview or entertain because they have the "wrong" politics. Talk about freedom of the press. There is/was an Occupy Movement in the US and non of the MSM gave this any airtime at all. The same applies when it comes to the other candidate Ron Paul. I challenge you to read Noam Chomsky on how MSM works. Get any article from him on the net regarding MSM.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-15 09:03

      Fidel, Having watched this week a bit of those comedy shows on RT, I now realize that you and Patrick are the written version of RT !!

  • - 2012-04-14 13:18

    It's shocking that this terrorist gets any publicity!

      Ali - 2012-04-14 13:23

      I think you need to consult a dictionary. How is he a terrorist?

      zane.zeiler - 2012-04-14 13:24

      Terrorist? You're kidding right? - 2012-04-14 14:42

      Exposing undercover operatives fighting against the Taliban and in Burma. Putting brave US service men and women's lives at risk by leaking troop information. That is why he is a terrorist. Hang him or strap him with a gun and let him experience combat for himself

      Fidel - 2012-04-14 15:47

      How about the Iraqi war log files?

      brett.macdonald1 - 2012-04-14 15:49

      Rubbish! Troop movement intelligence expires very quickly and to date it has never been proved that even one person has been killed or harmed because of Wikileaks exposures. The reality is that America have serious double-standards. They have a Freedom of Information Bill, by which they should have released the information Reuters required about their two journalists that were killed by an Apache helicopter. This has to do with American embarrasment, nothing more. For this one of their own citizens has been subjected to worse prison treeatment than any of the US soldiers that went on rampages killing civilians… What world do you live in Bigsexy???

      Fidel - 2012-04-14 16:11

      What is brave about American soldiers? What are they fighting for in Burma? The only brave people are the men amd women who have resisted foreign occupation and subjugation. They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason. Ernest Hemmingway

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