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Julian Assange TV Show to Premiere: 'Very Controversial' First Guest

'The World Tomorrow' aiming 'to get the maximum political impact possible'

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Assange on set (Photo: RT)

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is promising more controversy in his highly anticipated television series "The World Tomorrow". The show premiers this coming Tuesday on RT.

The show will feature Assange in conversation with "iconoclasts, visionaries and power insiders."

"First of all, being under house arrest for so long, it’s nice to have an occasional visitor and to learn more about the world. And given that the conversations we were having are quite interesting, why not film them and show other people what was going on," Assange stated. The show, "revealed sides of very interesting and important people that are not normally [sic] because they are not dealing with a standard interviewer, they are dealing with someone who is under house arrest, who has gone through political problems that they can sympathize with."

The first-episode will feature a 'particularly controversial guest' who's identity is yet to be revealed and premieres on the 500th day of the financial blockade on Wikileaks.

The show starts Tuesday, April 17, 3:30 pm Moscow time, 11:30 GMT, 7:30 am Eastern.

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The Guardian/UK: Julian Assange's TV chatshow to air on 17 April

According to a statement issued by WikiLeaks on Friday, Assange has completed filming 12 episodes of the chatshow, which will be broadcast online and by the Russian broadcaster.

Russia Today said the "notorious" identity of the show's first guest would be revealed at a later date. The first episode will coincide with the 500th day of the financial blockade of WikiLeaks.

Although guests have not been named, WikiLeaks said Assange has interviewed an "eclectic" selection, including politicians, revolutionaries, artists and intellectuals.

In a separate pre-show interview on the Russia Today website, Assange took aim at those who questioned the independence of his ambitious chatshow over its links to the state-controlled broadcaster.

A promotional video for Assange's World Tomorrow program was published on YouTube on Friday.

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