Like Rasputin himself, Julian Assange has a remarkable ability to rise from the dead. Just when the Obama Administration started slow-walking its prosecution of the digital libertarian-anarchist-free speech commando because of his purported growing irrelevancy, the Wikileaks founder has snagged TV deals for a show that he is launching, which he claims will reach over 600 million people around the globe.
As the NYT's Media Decoder Blog, reports, the Assange show, which will consist of half-hour segments, will be aired by Kremlin-backed RT (Russia Today) network. ("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," RT's rather charming statement notes.) He'll be doing the show from the British estate where he resides under house arrest while he fights his extradition to Sweden to face charges of sexual "mischief."
RT has a reported reach of 430 million viewers around the globe (with 50 million in the U.S.). Wikileaks says the show has global licensing commitments for 600 million viewers. Wonder where the remaining 170 million viewers are coming from...
1/25/2012 07:03:00 PM Cynthia Brumfield No comments