Due to technical problems I have not been able to devote a lot of time to my blog of late. But the up-and-coming regional superpower that is Turkey clearly has bigger problems than ensuring the electricity supply of a building or two in a neighbourhood that is about to be demolished, oops, I meant refurbished, to become a new consumer’s wet dream and a mecca of culture and leisure. In other words, I am planning to devote some serious attention to this situation in due time . . .
In the meantime, another news item caught my attention just now. Namely, the ever-contrary broadcaster RT appears willing to sponsor Mister WikiLeaks: ‘[c]yberspace’s most famous activist, Julian Assange, is launching his own talkshow, to be broadcast exclusively on RT. The program, written and hosted by the founder of whistle-blowing site Wikileaks, will focus on his favorite topic: controversy The show, arguably the most anticipated news series of 2012, will feature ten “iconoclasts, visionaries and power insiders” – people Assange can clearly identify with, being a rather controversial figure himself. The 40-year-old Australian media and internet entrepreneur will get to talk about the issues of the day with those he believes will shape “the world tomorrow.” In his own words, the world-famous Wikileaks founder is “a pioneer of a more just world and a victim of political repression” which is why he promises to deliver a new type of television. Many are already wondering whether it will be as explosive as the biggest mass disclosure of secret documents in US history, also orchestrated by Assange and his team. The show will be filmed at the very location that Julian Assange has been under house arrest for the last year and a half, with the first episode to be shot just a week before Assange’s Supreme Court hearing in the UK. He has been on conditional bail for 414 days, with no charges officially filed, as he fights extradition to Sweden. “Assange to record TV series for RT while under house arrest – I am sure it will be an amazing show!” RT’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan posted on her Twitter on Wednesday [, 25 January]. “I’ve never waited for a show on RT with such excitement”. Details of the episodes and the guests featured are secret for now’.
Rolling Stone’s Michael Hastings has had the rare opportunity to sit down with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, while he’s under house arrest in London and awaiting his final appeal attempt with the British Supreme Court set for February 1, 2012. Hastings shares what his three days were like with Assange (19 Jan 2012).