Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is stretching himself pretty thin these days. While being detained in London and attending successive extradition appeals over sexual assault claims, Assange has continued to be involved with the Wikileaks organization. In addition, Assange has considered running for public office in Australia, guest starred on The Simpsons, and will have a movie made based on his life.
Now, Assange will be hosting a television news program called "The World Tomorrow with Julian Assange." The show was tentatively announced in January, but the details are now finalized and the show will premiere on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30 am EDT. The show will air on the Russia Today television network, available on the DISH Network and to some Comcast and Time Warner cable subscribers. The show will also air on the Russia Today website.
The show will feature interviews with controversial figures from around the world. In addition, Assange will undoubtedly use the program to promote Wikileaks stories he feels haven't been accurately reported. In an interview with Russia Today, Assange made it clear that he was making "The World Today" because of his frustration with other media outlets distorting information Wikileaks has released. It also came across that Assange was lonely, having been under house arrest for more than a year. The full version of that interview with Assange will air on Russia Today on Monday.
A trailer for the show has been posted by Russia Today:
Russia Today has also released footage of a longer report on the show. In the news segment, the reporter says the name of the first guest on "The World Tomorrow" is being kept secret, but that he or she is "particularly contoversial."
What do you think? Is Assange the freedom fighter he bills himself as? A vain self-promoter? A rambling ball of paranoia? All of those things? Let me know your opinion in the comments field below.