Wikileaks Founder to Host New Television Series

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Wikileaks Founder to Host New Television Series

10-part series on iconoclasts, visionaries, power insiders, and 'the world tomorrow'

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Common Dreams staff

UPDATE:

RT has announced that it will be of the first to broadcast Assange's show in March.

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Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, has announced plans for a new television series. The program will launch mid-March and will include ten weekly half-hour episodes featuring "in-depth conversations with key political players, thinkers and revolutionaries from around the world."

Should things go accordingly for Assange, the show 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? 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,” Assange states.

The theme of the show will be "the world tomorrow". The Wikileaks press release adds:

Upheavals and revolutions in the Middle East have commenced an era of political change that is still unfolding. In the West, the deterioration of the rule of law has demonstrated the bankruptcy of once leading political institutions and ideologies. The internet has never been so strong, or so much under attack.

At this pivotal moment there is an awareness of the need to radically rethink the world around us.

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.

Both a pioneer for a more just world and a victim of political repression, he is uniquely placed to catalyse a global discussion on how to go forward.

In recognition of this, Assange will draw together 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.

Assange is planning to host the show, although it is uncertain whether or not he will actually be around for this. The state of his pending court decision -- potential extradition to Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault -- remains unknown until February 1st.

AFP reports:

WikiLeaks enraged the US government by releasing tens of thousands of confidential documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and then by dumping files revealing the thoughts of US diplomats on world leaders.

Mr Assange has been detained under a European arrest warrant by Swedish prosecutors over allegations that he sexually assaulted two women during a visit to Sweden in August 2010.

He denies the claims and is awaiting a hearing next week at London's supreme court for his appeal against extradition to Sweden.

Assange recently stated in an interview with Rolling Stone:

There's been an observation of how the rest of the world was choosing to make my myth, positively and negatively. That process has been fascinating, horrifying and comical all at the same time. It's caused many laughs from the people who know me well, a subject of great mirth in the team. We're dealing with a situation where we're engaged in a historic endeavor that has very serious consequences for people's lives and political systems. [...]

 

 

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