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Wikileaks founder gets talk show on Russian TV

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WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange shown arriving at the High Court in London on Nov. 2, 2011.

A new talk show hosted by Julian Assange, detained Internet activist and founder of the whistleblowing website Wikileaks, will air next month on Russian TV.

In a statement on his website, Assange said he will host a series of interview programs with "key political players, thinkers and revolutionaries."  The show will appear on Russia Today (RT), a Kremlin-financed English-language satellite news network.

The program, called "The World Tomorrow," will be taped at the house north of London where Assange has been under house arrest since December 2010. He is awaiting a court decision in Britain on his extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault allegations.

"We liked a lot of the WikiLeaks revelations. It was very much in sync with what Russia Today has been reporting about the Arab Spring, and about the duplicitous policies of the US and its allies all along," Peter Lavelle, a senior journalist with RT told the Christian Science Monitor.

"I think the Russian government will be pleased [to see Assange working on RT]. It's a soft power coup for Russia," Lavelle said.

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