WikiLeaks Launching Politically-Themed TV Series Hosted By Julian Assange

9:33 AM PST 01/24/2012 by Mimi Turner
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The site's announcement claims that the 10-part series has already secured initial licensing commitments covering “over 600 million viewers” and will begin airing in March.

LONDON – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange wants to get into television. The controversial information activist who is fighting extradition to Sweden on sex crime allegations said Tuesday that he will be hosting a 10-part series interviewing “key political players, thinkers and revolutionaries from around the world.”

The in-depth interviews will focus on the theme of “the world tomorrow,” with a focus on Middle East politics, the shift in politics in the West, and what Wikileaks described as “the deterioration of the rule of law [that] has demonstrated the bankruptcy of once leading political institutions and ideologies.”

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Describing itself as “at the front line of this global movement for understanding and change’ WikiLeaks said Assange was both “a pioneer for a more just world and a victim of political repression” and was one of the world’s most recognizable revolutionary figures.

WikiLeaks said the series has already secured initial licensing commitments covering “over 600 million viewers across cable, satellite and terrestrial broadcast networks,” and would begin airing in March.

However, it did not give any details about which broadcasters or platforms had agreed to take the show. Distribution will be handled by Quick Roll Productions, but the company did not respond to emails.

“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?” said Assange in a statement.

“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.”

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