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WikiLeaks founder collaborating on rap track

By | Published on Monday 17 June 2013

Residente & Julian Assange

Well, if Kim Dotcom can be a popstar (in the “posted a few mediocre tracks on YouTube” sense of the word ‘popstar’), why not Julian Assange?

The WikiLeaks founder is still holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, fearing extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault charges if he leaves the embassy building (and, he would argue, from there further extradition to the US to face charges relating to the WikiLeaking of all those confidential papers belonging to the American government).

Presumably keen to find new ways to pass the time, last week Assange welcomed Rene Perez Joglar, aka Residente, of politically charged Puerto Rican rap group Calle 13 to his embassy home. Once there, Residente encouraged fans to get in touch via the social networks to share ideas for a musical collaboration between him and Assange.

Of the venture, the WikiLeaks man told News Limited this weekend: “We are making an interesting song about the new politics as a result of internet and media distortion. [Joglar is in the] most popular Latin American political group and they come from Puerto Rico, which has had its problems with the US”.