WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange to Launch TV Show on RT (Russia Today)

Reports Zarifmo Aslamshoyeva on CNN:

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plans to debut a talk show, “The World Tomorrow,” on Russia’s state-funded television network next week. Assange and RT, an English-language international satellite news channel, would not release the guest lineup in advance, but hinted that the first interview would be controversial.

WikiLeaks has asked followers on Twitter if they can guess the show’s first guest. “Any bets on who The World Tomorrow’s first mystery guest(s) are?” it tweeted. “You’ve been waiting and we’ve been teasing,” said RT’s website of the show, which will also be released online. The talk show set for launch Tuesday is creating a stir in global media circles.

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  • Global Leader

    A narcissistic rapist who is partly to blame for the deaths of thousands of Kenyans and untold American soldiers?

    I can’t _wait_ to hear what he has to say!

     

    • Borgar

       Sure, risking life, health and persecution by one of the most murderous military powers in human history for a more open society and exposure of war crimes, is certainly a prevalent characteristic of a narcissist personality. In contrast to “Global Leaders” like yourself, basement-dwellers wanking in the darkness of their parents house, scared, jealous and angry about their own inadequacies when they read about the selfless exploits of heroes like Assange.

  • Mamagriff50

    Bravo! Mr Assange. Hope I get to see it.

  • Haystack

    I’m sure Russia’s state-funded TV network will provide a free and honest platform for him to challenge go’vt secrecy and abuses.  

    • Borgar

       He’s just making use of the opportunities at his disposal. In his situation, who wouldn’t? RT is the only existing tv-channel willing to broadcast a show like this.

      • Haystack

        He’s selling out to Putin. It would be like if Michael Moore started producing films about capitalism on Monsanto’s dime. The conflict of interest is just too blatant. 

        He’s told us over and over again that Wikileaks is about holding governments in general accountable and is not nursing any kind of anti-American or anti-Western agenda. How is that consistent with accepting a platform on a state-funded TV network that is beholden to a tyrant like Putin? He can’t be objective or independent while operating on any government’s dime, much less one that is known for widespread censorship and intimidation of journalists. 

        He’s effectively permitting Russia to buy his silence and use him as a propaganda tool, and it undermines everything that he and Wikileaks are supposed to have stood for. 

        • Borgar

           
           Like I said, given the circumstances, he’s got no choice but to go with whatever opportunity coming his way. All funding for Wikileaks have been effectively blocked worldwide thanks to the fucking US of A, and now facing a possible extradition to Sweden on bullshit charges, he is only one step from becoming a political prisoner and tortured in jail like Bradley Manning. It’s a life and death situation for both him and Wikileaks.

           I wonder if you would have accused Mr. Assange of “selling out to Obama” if his show was airing on MSNBC? You can say what you want about RT, and it is most certainly a tool for powerful russian interests, but non the less filling a giant gap in the media landscape. Everybody knows that all of today’s media is sponsored by special interests one way or another. Personally I’ll take RT over most american news-channels any day, despite it’s obvious and blatant negligence of matters in Russia, simply because it broadcasts a lot of stuff about the US and Europe that we hear nowhere else. Their ultimate motives does not make their message uninteresting.

          • Haystack

            He has a choice. The choice is between a TV show and his own journalistic integrity. You can’t credibly report on the abuses of governments while being funded by a de-facto dictatorship. If becoming a tool of Vladimir Putin is really the only way he can get his message out, then it’s better that he just doesn’t. He’s only discrediting himself. 

            If he were working for MSNBC or some other media corporation I would similarly question his independence and his motives, but I don’t think it’s fair to equate American and Russian media censorship. The American media largely self-censors so that dissent gets a weaker signal strength. The Russian government is actually murdering journalists. 

            I’ll grant that most of what he’ll say on RT about western governments will be relatively unfiltered by comparison to what he could say on an American outlet, but I don’t see why Wikileaks needs to be affiliated with a TV network at all. What happened to releasing stuff directly onto the net? Even if Assange’s access to the net is limited, surely someone else in Wikileaks can find a way to get the message out without sacrificing the organization’s independence. 

            The fact that he’s willing to accept a platform on Putin’s bankroll, in my mind, confirms that his actions have become more driven by ego than ideals. 
             

          • Monkey See Monkey Do

            How do you know he wont expose corruption within the Russian government? I for one am excited to hear Assange has been gven an opportunity to speak on a global platform. Let’s just see who he’ll go after. 

          • Haystack

            There’s a reason why journalists don’t accept favors from the people they’re reporting on. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kurt-Webb/53801531 Kurt Webb

    I hope he speaks up.  Even with 21st century sound amplification.  I can never hear the Assange if the sound is adjusted to humanely bearable for the guy he’s being interviewed by.

  • Redacted

    Assange might be an asshole, but he’s an asshole who frightens the State. There something to be said about a man who can humble an army without firing a shot.

  • Bob

    Telling the truth or telling it like it is was and still is a revolutionary act.

  • http://twitter.com/MiGaOh Michael G. O’Hair

    In Russia, TV watches you.

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