Ecuador granted Julian Assange asylum today. For twenty months, Mr. Assange has been in UK custody, appealing his extradition to Sweden for rape and sexual molestation allegations. No doubt a controversial figure, Mr. Assange continues to work on WikiLeaks, his international, underground non-profit that publishes secret and classified anonymous submissions from whistle blowers and news leaks.
He has another project called The Julian Assange Show. It sounds like an SNL sketch where Bill Hader interviews Lindsay Lohan who does a bad impression of Gloria Steinem. It’s actually Mr. Assange engaging in deep discussions about the future of humanity. He speaks with great thinkers like Tariq Ali and Noam Chomsky, offers up a round table with “cypherpunks,” geek activists, Andy Müller-Maguhn, Jérémie Zimmermann and Jacob Appelbaum, and continues to delve into the dark recesses of government and corporate control. With conversations as heady and important as anything The Four Horsemen discussed, Mr. Assange continues to underpin why he is a force with which to be reckoned.
The eyes of the world are fixed on this figure. His show offers a candid look at his philosophies and tactics. Say what you will about him; Julian Assange is certainly a fascinating and influential man.