Julian Assange, the controversial founder and Editor-In-Chief of private media-sharing website Wikileaks, premiered his new TV show “The World Tomorrow” on the RT network last night with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah as his first guest. While the two discussed such heavy issues as theology, encryption, Lebanon, Syria and Israel, music fans were more interested in the show’s M.I.A.-produced theme song.
Honestly, the theme music is rather un-dramatic; just a somewhat busy bunch of electronic sounds, whistles and light drums lying delicately under Assange’s narration. Still, it’s notable due to both Assange and M.I.A.’s somewhat rebellious attitudes. A spokesman for Wikileaks tells Forbes that the two met in London, where Assange has been on house arrest for over a year on charges related to accusations of sexual assault. He is appealing the charges.
The collaboration is the latest in the Sri Lankan star’s several showings of support for the often-embattled Assange. On New Year’s Eve 2010, M.I.A. released an 18-track mixtape called Vicki Leekx which she said was inspired by Wikileaks.
The World Tomorrow will run 12 episodes, during which Assange says he will “explore the possibilities for our future in conversations with those who are shaping it.” In the premiere episode, Assange interviewed Nasrallah via video chat from an undisclosed location in England due to the strict bail conditions under which Assange currently lives.
Listen: “The World Tomorrow” opening theme, written and produced by M.I.A.