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Julian Assange to host talkshow

Kremlin-funded English-lingo RT nabs rights

LONDON — Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who is under house arrest in the U.K., is set to host his own talkshow on Russia’s state-funded English-language satcaster, RT.

The Kremlin-bankrolled RT, hailing Assange’s yakker as an exclusive, said on its website the skein will feature 10 “iconoclasts, visionaries and power insiders — people Assange can clearly identify with, being a rather controversial figure himself.”

The embattled journalist and Internet activist has been under house arrest for 414 days pending a court decision on whether to extradite him to Sweden on allegations of sexual assault, which could lead to a further extradition to the U.S. if he’s charged with crimes in relations to Wikileaks’ publication of secret U.S. diplomatic cables.

While production details have not been disclosed, Wikileaks said Assange’s series would begin airing mid-March in 10 weekly, half-hour episodes.

“Initial licensing commitments cover over 600 million viewers across cable, satellite and terrestrial broadcast networks,” Wikileaks said.

In a statement, Assange said: “Through this series I will explore the possibilities for our future in conversations with those who are shaping it. Are we heading towards utopia or dystopia? And how can we set our paths? This is an exciting opportunity to discuss the vision of my guests in a new style of show that examines their philosophies and struggles in a deeper and clearer way than has been done before.”

RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan posted the news on her Twitter account on Wednesday, stating: “Assange to record TV series for RT while under house arrest — I am sure it will be an amazing show! I’ve never waited for a show on RT with such excitement.”

First episode is expected to be shot a week before Assange’s Supreme Court hearing in Blighty in March.

Neither Assange nor the show’s production company, Quick Roll Prods., could be reached for comment.

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