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WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange's TV Talk Show to Launch Next Week

Julian Assange
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He has completed 12 episodes of "The World Tomorrow," which will be aired on Russia's RT network and also be available online, with other networks expected to follow.

LONDON -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has finished shooting 12 episodes of The World Tomorrow, his TV talk show that is set to debut next week on Russia's RT news network, formerly known as Russia Today, and online, the organization said Friday.

"The first episode will be aired on RT and released online on Tuesday, with other networks to follow," it said in a statement posted online. Earlier this year, WikiLeaks had spoken of plans for 10 episodes and had mentioned it had secured licensing commitments covering "over 600 million viewers." Back then, it said the show would launch in March.

"Julian Assange, founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, has been under house arrest, without charge, for almost 500 days," RT said. "Over the past two months, his temporary home in the English countryside has played host to a series of extraordinary conversations with some of the most interesting and controversial people alive."

The group described the show's guests as people who are "stamping their mark on the future: politicians, revolutionaries, intellectuals, artists and visionaries." It didn't mention specific names.

The show's goal is “to capture and present some of this revolutionary spirit to a global audience," Assange. "My own work with WikiLeaks hasn't exactly made my life easier, but it has given us a platform to broadcast world-shifting ideas.”

WikiLeaks promised a “frank and irreverent tone.” Said Assange: "My conviction is that power can only be transformed if it is taken seriously -- but ordinary people must resist the temptation to defer to the powerful."

The music for the show was composed by British-Sri Lankan artist M.I.A., it said.

A promotional video for the Assange show hit YouTube on Friday, as reported by The Guardian. In it, Assange mentions his detainment before saying, "But that hasn't stopped us."

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