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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange premiered the organization’s The World Tomorrow, its first television program. The first half-hour episode aired Tuesday on Russia’s government-backed RT network, which will broadcast the series worldwide. WikiLeaks did not reveal who the “controversial” guests would be prior to Tuesday. The first guest turned out to be Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.
According to The Associated Press, Nasrallah rarely gives interviews, even on the Hezbollah's own TV station. His organization is considered by many in the Western World to be a terrorist organization and is backed by the Syrian government. In the interview, he told Assange that Hezbollah encouraged Syrian rebels to talk with the government, but the rebels would hear nothing of it. “You have an opposition that is not prepared for dialogue ... all it wants is to bring down the regime,” Nasrallah said.
Businessweek reports that Assange has defended the program against detractors. He claims that he still has complete editorial control, even though The World Tomorrow airs on a Kremlin-backed network. He says that the people he is interviewing “are the people who normally don’t get a voice, the majority of what they have said to me they could not say on a mainstream TV network.”
The first episode was a completely low-budget affair, as the New York Magazine notes. The show featured Assange sitting in a cramped, cable-filled room in his England home, where he is under house arrest, with two translators sitting beside him. Nasrallah was sitting in front a blue background with flags next to him.
You can watch a short preview below: