Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Julian Assange to run for Australian senate: WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks leaked a political announcement on Wednesday. The whistleblower website tweeted that its founder and head Julian Assange will run for the Australian Senate later this year.

The tweet said:
Confirmed: Assange will run for Australian Senate in 2013 | RT
The news came just hours after Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the Australian elections would be on Sept. 14.

Christine Assange, his mother, reveled in the news. She said,
He will be awesome. In the House of Representatives we get to choose between U.S. lackey party number one and U.S. lackey party number two — between the major parties. So it will be great to "Assange" the Senate for some Aussie oversight.
It is unclear, however, how Assange will run a campaign. Since June of 2012, Assange has been in political asylum in Ecuador's London embassy. A native of Australia’s Queensland state, in December Assange expressed interest in a senate seat, when he said that he would run as a candidate for the yet-to-be-formed WikiLeaks party.

WikiLeaks confirmed that Assange would run on their ticket, as well as how he would legislate, in a later tweet.
Assange to run on WikiLeaks party ticket. If unable to take place in Senate, the place will be filled by running mate. ...
Assange asked Ecuador for asylum to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sexual misconduct.  That move was made because the WikiLeaks founder fears that Sweden might allow him to be extradited to the United States, where he could be questioned over the WikiLeaks release of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables and other information it obtained from Bradley Manning and others.

While safe, however, Assange is basically under house arrest in the embassy. Great Britain has refused to grant him safe passage out of the country.

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