While still fighting charges of sexual assault and fending off criticism for his approach to classified documents, Julian Assange will be taking on yet another challenge, a talk show on Russian television. The show is scheduled to air in mid-March and will be divided into 10 half-hour episodes each week.
The WikiLeaks founder has said he plans to invite and interview key political players, thinkers and revolutionaries from around the world on the show. The content will will be based on a the world tommorow theme, reported The Associated Press.
According to a tweet by Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of Russia Today, the channel that will air the show, Assange will record the program under house arrest at a friend's English country mansion. The 40-year-old self-proclaimed transparency activist is still in the process of appealing against an extradition from Britain to Sweden. Prosecutors are still working on questioning him over sexual abuse allegations.
When we talked, Julian was very calm and relaxed about it all, which you wouldn't expect from someone who's been under house arrest for more than 400 days, Bogachikin said. He was very full of ideas; some of them were born as we talked, so I think this will be a very hard-hitting show.
Assange's connection to the channel has fueled even more controversy. The multi-lingual television channel is reportedly funded by the Russian government and several publications such as The Guardian, The Economist and the Daily Telegraph has accused it of having a pro-Kremlin bias, pushing propaganda that sends an anti-Western message.
The names of anticipated guests and political figures have not been released by the channel, nor by Assange, and RT has said the details of the episodes and the guests featured are secret for now.