April 18, 2012- Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks has started a talk show for Russian TV. On Tuesday, Assange hosted his first talk show. His first guest was Hassan Nasrallah the leader of Hezbollah.
Assange’s show is carried by the Kremlin backed website and network RT. It boasted that it was the first interview by Nasrallah by a westerner since 2006. The two men, both wanted, had quite a chat even though both were not in the same studio, much less the same continent.
Discussions moved from Lebanon, to Israel, to Syria via a video hookup. Assange is serving house arrest in the United Kingdom, while Nasrallah spoke from an unknown location in Lebanon, as he is a target of Israel. The two used interpreters in their conversation.
Nasrallah boasted that even sophisticated decryption technology that Israel uses could not decipher slang used by his village fighters when they speak over walkie-talkies.
RT originally was called Russia Today and is a news network broadcast in English created by Vladimr Putin the Russian leader in 2005. It was created to help promote the Kremlin’s line abroad. It also has broadcasts in Arabic and Spanish.
The network is comparable to Voice of America, but with much more money backing it and a strong slant that is anti-American. Many feel Assange has taken on the work to help his image that has been damaged due to being accused of sexual misconduct.