Assange Says He's Hosting a Talk Show

WikiLeaks honcho promises 'key political players'

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 24, 2012 11:40 AM CST

(Newser) – Julian Assange has many titles clogging his resume, but he's apparently about to add talk show host to the list. WikiLeaks released a statement today promising that Assange will host a new TV show centered around "a series of in-depth conversations with key political players" from around the world, Reuters reports. WikiLeaks says it already has licensing deals with cable, satellite, and broadcast providers to get the show to at least 600 million people, for a 10-episode season beginning in mid-March.

"Through this series I will explore the possibilities for our future in conversations with those who are shaping it," Assange said. "Are we heading toward utopia, or dystopia and how we can set our paths?" So does Assange have what it takes to be a TV titan? A celebrity culture expert the Washington Post spoke with is dubious. "Assange has got a good, deep voice," he says. "But he's a slow, deliberate talker and not especially televisual."

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange talks during a news conference in central London, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange talks during a news conference in central London, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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