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Julian Assange: The Next Jay Leno?

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Julian Assange: The Next Jay Leno?

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After the Wikileaks scandal petered out last year, we’ve prayed for nights on end for the media to give us another excuse to see Julian Assange’s face every day for the rest of our lives. The perfect one has finally come along, in the form of a Wikileaks talk show, hosted by the man himself. It will be a sort of ‘news of the world’ affair, with a futuristic focus on politics, global news and technology. It might become one of those paeans to the glory of the modern age and the revolution of the internet, in which case: boring. Or it might just become the best incentive to keep informed about transnational politics our generation has ever known.

The bigger question is, how will it be broadcast? Assange has decided to turn his focus to television at the very moment it stands most imperiled–knowing him, it’s probably on purpose. Will Assange forgo the networks and set up streaming from the Wikileaks website? How will it be funded? Our fantasy is that the show will become so controversial that it won’t be able to be supported by any one site or cable company, but will have to move around from host to host, like a floating crap game.