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The Cult of St Julian – now on TV

by | 24th, January 2012

JULIAN Assange hairstyle impressario, hacktivist, whistleblower-champion, house-arrestee is foraying into the world of television talk shows. Starting in March, the WikiLeaks co-founder will host a series of 10 half-hour programmes in which he will converse with political activists and thinkers. The theme of the show is “the world tomorrow”.

A press release issued by WikiLeaks said the show will “draw together controversial voices from across the political spectrum iconoclasts, visionaries and power insiders each to offer a window on the world tomorrow and their ideas on how to secure a brighter future”.

In fact, the TV show looks like an attempt to revive the Cult of St Julian and to feed Assange’s apparently unbounded ego. The press release describes WikiLeaks as “the world’s boldest publisher” and Assange as a “pioneer for a more just world and a victim of political repression”.

Assange has fallen from the mainstream media’s grace, but once upon a time he was celebrated as a near-Messianic figure, as a brave bringer of truth and a hero of transparency. Some of his supporters even suggested that the sexual assault allegations made against him in Sweden were part of a conspiracy to silence and discredit him.

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