WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange likes to complain about the media, and with the debut of his new talkshow next week, get ready to hear a lot more of it. Today, the promo for his new show on RT, a Kremlin-backed news network, hit the Web and its mantra against the mainstream media coincides with an additional attack on the press he's launching in Britain.
With Assange's face hovering mysteriously in the top half of an hourglass, the 30-second promo (only available on RT's Spanish-language site) already feels like a lecture on the media. "The full source material is what helps keep journalism honest," intones Assange. Giving a vague notion about what his show will be about, he says "there hasn't been anything yet on TV" and "we wanted to present something else." You'll notice today, he's not saving that anti-media schtick for the small screen.
On Thursday he sent a letter to the Leveson Inquiry, the British investigation following the phone-hacking scandal triggered by News International. In it, he compared coverage of his arrest with that of the McCann family saga, a 2007 case in which Portuguese police investigating the disappearance of the McCann's daughter named the couple as suspects, reports the BBC.