Former Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange often praise each other, but for the first time next week Internet users can watch the libertarian champion interview the publisher of secret documents.
The interview will air on Paul's Internet TV station, RonPaulChannel.Com, which launched Aug. 12. Full access to the site requires a subscription, currently going for $9.95 a month.
In a clip of the forthcoming Assange interview, provided to U.S. News, the two leaders – both vocal critics of past U.S. military endeavours - discuss the possibility of western military action against Syria's government.
"Haven't you touched on this subject, of somebody looking for an incident with Syria that would justify all of the countries to come in and the United States government to come in and the British government to come in and do something in Syria?" Paul asks Assange.
The WikiLeaks boss, who has been holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London for the past year, explained that WikiLeaks did indeed publish such material.
Assange cited a leaked December 2011 email from intelligence contractor Stratfor, a report back from a staffer who met with U.S. Air Force, French military and British military officials about a possible military intervention in Syria.
The officials reportedly thought a military intervention would need "some humanitarian outrage to hook it all on to, and we have seen that," Assange said.
On Friday the White House released a report claiming that 1,429 Syrians were killed in an Aug. 21 chemical attack by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The British parliament on Thursday voted down a proposal to attack Syria in response to the alleged chemical attack. In the United States, too, many politicians worry President Barack Obama's administration could rush into a war based on inaccurate intelligence.
"For sure [the humanitarian outrage] has now been taken advantage of," Assange told Paul. "These countries never really gave a damn about Syrians before."