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A screenshot of the music video where Wikileaks founder Julian Assange appears in a mullet wig.
Julian Assange might be going stir crazy at the Ecuadorian embassy where he has been holed up for a year.
The WikiLeaks founder appeared in a rap video released on Monday wearing a mullet wig as he sang and lip synced to a parody of John Farnham's 1986 hit "You're the Voice." The lyrics were rewritten to include lines like "We've got to make things leak, so we can get much bolder."
The video, produced by Australian duo Juice Rap News, mocks the upcoming federal elections, comparing it to HBO's hit show "Game of Thrones." Assange is running for a seat in the Australian Senate, even though he is stuck at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. He is wanted in Sweden on a sexual assault charge.
The show's producers, who worked with Assange in a previous episode, wanted to make their season finale a "really special event," according to a statement.
"We realized that doing another rap cameo with Julian would be something that our audience had seen before, so we searched for some ways to make it bigger, better and more mind-blowing," show producers Giordano Nanni and Hugo Farrant said in the statement.
To pitch the idea, Nanni visited Assange at the embassy with a backpack full of mullet wigs in tow.
"Julian tried on the power mullet and gave it some good hard thought of the course of the afternoon. In the end he was happy for us to write the episode and come back a week later to film it," they said.
The video cuts to Ecuador's embassy in London at about the 3:45 mark, where Assange appears in a normal suit. He's then given a makeover and shows up on camera wearing a mullet wig, a neck tie around his head and a muscle T-shirt with the word "Australia" on the front.
Then the lip syncing begins. The famous whistleblower - now appearing in black and white - fist-pumps and dances his way through the 80s pop song while b-roll of fighter planes and spaceships loom in the background.
Check out the music video below: