WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently serving a 50-week sentence in London’s Belmarsh prison, interviewed the then Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki for his third episode of ‘The Julian Assange Show’ in 2012. The twelve-episode series originally aired on RT from April to July 2012.
Marzouki served as the Tunisian president from 2011 till 2014, but is also known as a human rights activist and a doctor. Together with Assange he goes on to discuss the Arab Spring, human rights violations in Tunisia and “the West’s double standards on the issue”.
In his show, Assange interviewed “iconoclasts, visionaries and power insiders.” Speaking at the time of the filming of his show, Assange said that the mainstream media is labelling him as an “enemy combatant, a traitor, who interviews terrible radicals from around the world.”
The Ecuadorian Embassy in London was the home of Assange for almost seven years, after he entered the property on 19 June 2012 claiming diplomatic asylum.
He was arrested by British police on 11 April 2019 after Ecuador officially revoked his asylum status and allowed UK police to escort him from the embassy and into custody.
A British court sentenced Assange to 50 weeks in prison on May 1 for jumping bail when he took refuge in the embassy in 2012.
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The Wikileaks Files: The World According to US Empire
By Wikileaks, Introduction by Julian Assange
WikiLeaks came to prominence in 2010 with the release of 251,287 top-secret State Department cables, which revealed to the world what the US government really thinks about national leaders, friendly dictators, and supposed allies. It brought to the surface the dark truths of crimes committed in our name: human rights violations, covert operations, and cover-ups. The WikiLeaks Files presents expert analysis on the most important cables and outlines their historical importance. In a series of chapters dedicated to the various regions of the world, the book explores the machinations of the United States as it imposes its agenda on other nations: a new form of imperialism founded on varied tactics from torture to military action, to trade deals and soft power, in the perpetual pursuit of expanding influence. It illustrates the close relationship between government and big business in promoting US trade. An introduction by Julian Assange exposes the ongoing debates about freedom of information, international surveillance and justice.
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