Russian TV Will Air Wikileaks Show
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange plans to host a show on Russian TV in March. The show will be taped in the United Kingdom so the long-running case of alleged sexual assault against him in Sweden would not necessarily interfere.
Ria Novosti, the official Russian news agency, confirmed plans for the show.
Assange’s appeal of an extradition order against him is scheduled for a hearing in England’s high court on Feb. 1. The authenicity of the case against him has been challenged by Wikileaks and many others. Some consider it a U.S.-influenced attempt to discredit Wikileaks for the release of negative inform about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Assange has been under house arrest in England for more than a year.
The show will have ten half-hour segments with many outside guests, the channel Russia Today said. It will be called “The World Tomorrow.”
“Guests of the show’s host and creator Julian Assange will include politicians and revolutionaries; people, who in his opinion, will form tomorrow’s agenda,” the channel said.
“We are proud and delighted that our channel will premiere Julian Assange’s project because the RT channel has gained a worldwide audience that's disappointed by the mainstream and has become open to new angles, making this show fitting for the purpose” RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said.
U.S. viewers likely would have to watch the show on the Internet or via satellite, barring a decision by commercial American television to pick it up.
Wikileaks said on its Web site that this is timely because some in the U.S. Congress were pushing legislation which would virtually shut down the free flow of information on the Web.
“Upheavals and revolutions in the Middle East have started an era of political change that is still unfolding," WikiLeaks stated on its website. "In the West, the deterioration of the rule of law has demonstrated the bankruptcy of once leading political institutions and ideologies. The Internet has never been so strong, or so much under attack.”