Simpsons leak news of Julian Assange guest appearance

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Hot on the heels of the Muppets responding to being condemned by FOX News, the Internet is buzzing this morning with the news that Julian Assange will be making a guest appearance on the 500th episode of the Simpsons, which is scheduled to air Feb. 19.

The cameo will be one of many feathers in the cap of the animated program that has, in the past, scored guest appearances by everyone from Michael Jackson to the notoriously reclusive Thomas Pynchon.

All this follows Assange's announcement last week that he'll be hosting a new television series featuring "in-depth conversations with key political players, thinkers and revolutionaries from around the world."

According to the Wikileaks announcement:

"The series will begin airing in mid-March, in ten weekly half-hour episodes. Initial licensing commitments cover over 600 million viewers across cable, satellite and terrestrial broadcast networks."

And of course, this makes a great excuse to revisit that Ramones' Simpsons appearance as the minstrels who are hired to soothe Mr. Burns' jangled nerves:

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