Heeeere's Julian... Assange plans global TV chat show
'Revolutionary' Assange aims to host in-depth discussions with 'iconoclasts and visionaries'
WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange has not been twiddling his thumbs while on bail in the English countryside awaiting the outcome of his case against extradition to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sexual assault.
The Australian now apparently views himself as "one of the world's most recognisable revolutionary figures" and is to host a series of in-depth TV interviews with "iconoclasts, visionaries and power insiders".
According to a press release on WikiLeaks, the series will begin airing in mid-March, in ten weekly half-hour episodes.
There is little other information. The announcement does not say who the interviewees are and if any of the programmes have yet been filmed. It is not clear where viewers will be able to watch the discussions. However, WikiLeaks is confident that there will be an audience. "Initial licensing commitments cover over 600 million viewers across cable, satellite and terrestrial broadcast networks." it claims.
Anyone interested in airing the shows is encouraged to get in touch with Quick Roll Productions, which has a sparse website with just an email address by way of contact detail.
Assange himself said: "Through this series I 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."
Whether or not Assange has a long-term future as a TV presenter is unclear. He is awaiting a date at the Supreme Court in London for his appeal against extradition to Sweden and he has been the subject of a Grand Jury investigation in the United States for over 500 days.
And in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine earlier this month the Wikileaks founder claimed he had asked a Western "intelligence source" if he could ever live a normal life... "He told me I was fucked," said Assange.