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M.I.A. wants Julian Assange hologram for live shows

6/17/2014

Outspoken rapper M.I.A. wants to include a hologram projection of controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in her upcoming live shows. The music star previously teamed up with Assange by arranging for him to introduce her via video link at a concert in New York City late last year (13), and she also named a 2011 mixtape Vicki Leekx in reference to his whistle-blowing website. She now has an idea to feature him in her planned shows for this summer (14). When asked whether she would consider letting other musicians share the stage with her, the Paper Planes hitmaker tells Britain's Time Out magazine she would prefer to feature Assange in hologram form. She says, "I'm really boring like that. That's an American hip-hop thing (on-stage collaborations), and I want a whole bunch of other s**t. It would be nice to have a hologram of Julian Assange." Assange would be unable to appear in person as he remains in hiding at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been given political asylum. He has been there since summer 2012 and faces arrest and extradition to Sweden on rape and sexual assault charges if he leaves the building.

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