WikiLeaks’ Assange to Guest Star on The Simpsons
Julian Assange, founder of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, will guest star on the 500th episode of the animated TV comedy show The Simpsons that will be aired on February 19, The Entertainment Weekly reported.
Assange will be portraying himself as a new neighbor of the Simpsons family, who left their home in Springfield and moved to a rugged and isolated area.
“He invites them over for a home movie and it’s an Afghan wedding being bombed,” The Entertainment Weekly quoted The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean as saying.
Assange recorded his voice from an unknown location, Jean said, as he has been and still is under a house arrest somewhere in Britain and Jean directed him remotely from Los Angeles.
“I was just given a number to call,” Jean said adding that it was Assange, who expressed his interest to appear as a guest in the milestone episode of The Simpsons show.
The news comes a week after Russia Today television channel announced that Assange would host a ten-part political discussion program “The World Tomorrow” beginning in March.
Assange, who gained global notoriety after WikiLeaks published thousands of classified U.S. documents beginning in 2010, is battling an extradition request from Sweden, where he faces charges of sexual abuse of two women.
He was arrested in London in December 2010 and released on bail a few days later.
Assange is scheduled to appeal the extradition order in Supreme Court on February 1.