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Julian Assange debuts TV show with Hezbollah's Nasrallah as guest



by Joseph Earnest  April 17, 2012

Newscast Media LONDON, England—One of the most anticipated news programs hosted by WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, aired its first episode on Russia Today. The guest for the show was none other than Sayyid Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah.  The decision by Russia Today (RT) to host the program, The World Tomorrow hosted by Assange, has caused many to question the relationship between, and motive of Russia and Julian Assange to broadcast controversial interviews.


In explaining his rationale for hosting the show, Assange said, "I wanted to have a different sort of approach with other people. And while that approach has been difficult in some ways, I think it has also succeeded in other ways, and revealed sides of very interesting and important people that are not normally revealed because they are not dealing with a standard interviewer, they are dealing with someone who is under house arrest, who has gone through political problems that they can sympathize with."   


However, virtually all the critics of the show are coming from the corporate media, because the alternative news media is by far trusted more than the mainstream media.  


In regard to the mainstream media, Julian Assange said, "Media organizations, by their very nature, are engaged in the political sphere. So the editors and publishers of media organizations have to sit down at the table with power groups, and they start becoming captured by these power groups.


"So, we have found that working with them, when we try to get out our material through organizations, that these organizations self-censor in a tremendously frequent manner and in a way which is against their stated values. It is not just against our values. It is against their stated values. And in some cases even against the contracts that we have made with those organizations."


In Assange's first episode with the controversial Hezbollar leader, Nasrallah said he believes Israel "is and will be an illegal state… It was established on the basis of occupying the lands of others," he says. "If I occupy your house by force it doesn't become mine in 50 or 100 years."


The Hezbollah leader also added: "Our priority is still the liberation of our land and the protection of Lebanon from the Israeli threat", he told Assange, "Israel's hi-tech surveillance will never crack the code of the Lebanese resistance – they use local village dialects."  The interview can be watched here in its entirety below:



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