MIA's Opener: Julian Assange

He video chats with NYC audience
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2013 11:49 AM CST

MIA's Matangi tour launched Friday night in New York City, and there was an unexpected opening act: Julian Assange. The WikiLeaks founder Skyped in from the Ecuadorian embassy in London so he could address the audience via video, Rolling Stone reports. "I have become a fan of MIA because I think she is the most courageous woman working in western music, without exception," he said during the 10-minute talk. He went on to discuss press freedom and privacy, particularly in light of the recent NSA leaks. (More MIA stories.)

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