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Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Founder, Premieres Talk Show April 17

Posted: 04/13/2012 1:43 pm Updated: 04/13/2012 2:16 pm

Julian Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's new talk show will debut on Russian television on April 17, the organization announced on Friday.

Assange has wrapped up shooting for twelve episodes of "The World Tomorrow," according to a statement posted by WikiLeaks online. The first episode will air both on the RT news network and online on Tuesday.

Assange explained why he decided to do the show in an interview with RT. "A lot of the things that we have been trying to report have not been carried accurately in the mainstream press," he said. "There are many, many fine exceptions but when we look at international networks there’s really only two that are worth speaking about, and that’s RT and Al Jazeera."

RT would not reveal the identity of the first guest, who it described as "notorious." The show's theme song was reportedly composed by rapper M.I.A.

Assange first announced his television program in January. At the time, his organization said that the show would feature the controversial figure challenging "iconoclasts, visionaries and power insiders" on their vision of world affairs.

It released a promo video for the show on Friday. "For 500 days now, I've been detained without charge, but that hasn't stopped us," Assange said in the clip. He filmed the show from his temporary home in the countryside, where he is awaiting for a decision on his appeal against extradition to Sweden.

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