Lights, camera, action. This Tuesday, WikiLeaks founder and hacker superstar, Julian Assange, will premiere his new show, “The World Tomorrow,” on the Russian government’s satellite channel, Russia Today. It will be broadcasted online and on air in English, Spanish and Arabic – three of the most widely spoken languages in the world – and is sure to piss off the top echelons of governments across the globe.
The promotion above, released internationally Friday, is a snippet of what’s to come the most authority-hated, pursued man in the world. And, boy, does it look interesting.
Moving away from the hard, concrete material found in the leaked cables, Assange sought to bring his message of ultimate transparency to a larger audience. In a more foreign-based video for the show, he is heard saying that he wants “to get the maximum political impact possible” by switching to television.
And, if the aftermath of the largest diplomatic controversy in modern history is any example, the effect that this medium change could have is completely unpredictable – and that is the real entertainment.
The editor-in-chief (and, technically, an employee in Putin’s government) of Russia Today, Margarita Simonyan, backed this odd contradiction when she said that Assange was trying to “[rally] a global audience of open-minded people who question what they see in mainstream media.”