Julian Assange bows talkshow

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah is first guest

MOSCOW

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange interviewed Hezbollah leader Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah Tuesday in the first edition of a new talkshow, “The World Tomorrow,” broadcast by Russia Today, the Kremlin-backed English-language international satellite channel.

Assange, who is under house arrest as he fights extradition to Sweden over sexual assault allegations, conducted the pre-recorded interview via video link from England.

He was accompanied by two Arab interpreters in a show evidently pre-recorded as he refers to the death “last week” of Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin, who was killed Feb. 22 by a Syrian artillery shell during the siege of Homs.

Assange had earlier defended his decision to work with Russia Today. “A lot of the things that we have been trying to report have not been carried accurately in the mainstream press,” Assange said. “The other international networks, as far as WikiLeaks issues are concerned, are too busy considering their own national agenda.”

RT was a “natural partner” to produce the show because it has greater penetration in the U.S. than Al-Jazeera, he added.

Russia Today said a further nine editions of the show would roll out weekly at various timeslots with guests either kept secret until the broadcast or announced shortly before.

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