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Intro: "The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, has announced that he is to host his own TV series, interviewing 'key political players, thinkers and revolutionaries' from around the world."

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was awarded the Martha Gelhorn journalism prize, 06/02/11. (photo: Linda Nylind/Guardian UK)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was awarded the Martha Gelhorn journalism prize, 06/02/11. (photo: Linda Nylind/Guardian UK)



Julian Assange to Host Own TV Show

By Josh Halliday, Guardian UK

24 January 12

 

ikiLeaks founder says he will interview 'iconoclasts, visionaries and power insiders' and 'explore possibilities for our future'

The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, has announced that he is to host his own TV series, interviewing "key political players, thinkers and revolutionaries" from around the world.

In a media release published on the WikiLeaks website on Monday, Assange said the 10-part series would be based on "the world tomorrow" and would feature interviews with "iconoclasts, visionaries and power insiders".

"Through this series I will explore the possibilities for our future in conversations with those who are shaping it," Assange said.

"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 has been detained under a European arrest warrant (EAW) by Swedish prosecutors over allegations that he sexually assaulted two women during a visit to Sweden in August 2010. The WikiLeaks founder, who denies the claims, is awaiting a hearing at the supreme court for his appeal against extradition to Sweden.

WikiLeaks said the new TV series would air in mid-March, but did not reveal details of where the series would be broadcast or on which networks.

The statement describes initial licensing commitments as covering more than "600m viewers across cable, satellite and terrestrial broadcast networks". It asks those interested in licensing the series to contact Quick Roll Productions, which describes itself as a production firm specialising in "broadcast and new media audiences".

"WikiLeaks, as the world's boldest publisher, has been at the front line of this global movement for understanding and change," the statement said.

"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 recognisable 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."

The statement added that "in recognition of this, Assange will draw together controversial voices from across the political spectrum", but did not say who any of the guests might be.

 

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-22 # Christopher Marlowe 2012-01-24 11:10
Does anybody really believe that Assanage is some kind of rebel fighting against the "New World Order"? If Assange were really fighting against TPTB, he would be in a back alley somewhere with a bullet in his ear. Instead, he is getting a TV deal reaching 600 million people? I call BS.

I don't doubt that Assange will leak some truth, but what he puts out is like the cheese that you put into a rat trap.
 
 
+15 # wilkinsb 2012-01-24 13:03
[quote name="Christoph er Marlowe"]Does anybody really believe that Assanage is some kind of rebel fighting against the "New World Order"?
Yes
 
 
+1 # LessSaid 2012-01-27 09:37
Quoting Christopher Marlowe:
Does anybody really believe that Assanage is some kind of rebel fighting against the "New World Order"? If Assange were really fighting against TPTB, he would be in a back alley somewhere with a bullet in his ear. Instead, he is getting a TV deal reaching 600 million people? I call BS.

I don't doubt that Assange will leak some truth, but what he puts out is like the cheese that you put into a rat trap.


You sound a little up-set! LOL
 
 
+17 # dyannne 2012-01-24 12:18
Well, Christopher, if he's not fighting the New World Order, then why pray tell do those in the order want to shut him up?
 
 
+5 # Spleedeladee 2012-01-24 15:00
Ideally, Assange would invite those world figures yet to be exposed from the as yet unpublished Wikileaks, or those exposed who have so far been shielded from world opinion. I'd watch, and take the "cheese" as long as the trap keeps snapping on certain necks...say, Wolfowitz's, and the BOA.
 
 
0 # globalcitizen 2012-01-24 17:03
Wiki Leaks, Julian Assange and Bradley Manning should link up with the OCCUPY movement against class history, class tyranny. All of them are searching for a social agenda, social manifesto, that confronts the class powers that rule us.

Here is a social manifesto against class history from Patriarchy to Late Capitalism. It is far reaching and theoretical but necessary to avoid the failures of earlier social movements, revolutions. Part Two was published by RSN, but left out part I. It now has a revised version in Part I AND II......

http://www.asocialmanifestoagainstclasshistory.com/my-blog.html

The introduction explains how class tyrants are made.
 
 
+1 # globalcitizen 2012-01-24 17:20
The Occupy movement, Wiki Leaks, both need a social manifesto to change the world. Here is part I and II of a social manifesto, the second part already printed earlier by RSN:

http://www.asocialmanifestoagainstclasshistory.com/my-blog.html

The home page explains how class tyrants are made throughout class history including today:

"It began with crippled class republics, corrupted democracies which morphed into militarism and Empire, destroying civil society itself.
This class degeneration produced its first class tyrant, Napoleon under Capitalism, who betrayed both the Enlightenment and French revolution, where revolutionary liberals re claimed their social principles and renamed themselves socialists, while Liberals degenerated into class politicians through their class hierarchies, degrading class republics into class Empires, becoming pro to-fascists and finally Fascist, class-tyrants of police states. Beethoven, initially, dedicated his musical piece and support for the French revolution, but renamed it "Eroica", when Napoleon betrayed social patriotism for class-nationali sm and colonialism and called himself an Emperor. Beethoven tore out the dedication page and declared:

" So he is no more than a common mortal. Now too, he will tread underfoot all the rights of man, indulge only in ambitions, now he will think himself superior to all men, become a tyrant."
 
 
0 # carioca 2012-01-25 02:31
Just glad to see he's not festering in a US jail like so many others.
 
 
0 # rhgreen 2012-01-25 11:21
That may come yet, if Britain, Sweden & the US will it and get their act together. Some real protests and demonstrations are called for if we get to that point. (And then the US govt can try out their new militarized police forces.)
 
 
+1 # LessSaid 2012-01-27 09:52
Couldn't happen to a better person. I hope it is true Assange will be able to reach 600 people.
 

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