They likened him to a terrorist, they threatened to assassinate him, they tried to extradite him as a rapist.

Still, nothing the American establishment tried seemed to work. Julian Assange remained at large, his popularity — at least amongst those who admired his special form of do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do openness — undiminished.

But now it looks like the military-industrial complex is going nuclear on Assange. Unleashing the only weapon absolutely, 100% guaranteed to end someone’s career and remove them from the public eye forever.

They’re giving him his own talk show.

According to the Wikileaks press release

WikiLeaks, as the world’s boldest publisher, has been at the front line of this global movement for understanding and change. Its founder, Julian Assange, as the subject of an ongoing Grand Jury investigation in the United States for over 500 days now, is one of the world’s most recognizable revolutionary figures.

Both a pioneer for a more just world and a victim of political repression, [Assange] is uniquely placed to catalyse a global discussion on how to go forward.

In recognition of this, Assange will draw together controversial voices from across the political spectrum – iconoclasts, visionaries and power insiders – each to offer a window on the world tomorrow and their ideas on how to secure a brighter future.

Julian Assange says: “Through this series I will explore the possibilities for our future in conversations with those who are shaping it. Are we heading towards utopia, or dystopia and how we can set our paths? This is an exciting opportunity to discuss the vision of my guests in a new style of show that examines their philosophies and struggles in a deeper and clearer way than has been done before.”

Yeah, rest in piece Julian.