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article imageWikiLeaks' Julian Assange targets Australian Senate seat

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By Leo Reyes
Mar 17, 2012 in Politics
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Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange is set to run for a Senate seat in the Australian upper house according to an official announcement from the organization he founded six years ago.
Assange is reportedly out on bail in London with restricted mobility on his appeal against extradition to Sweden where he is reportedly charged with sexual assault.
Assange denied the charges, claiming the allegations are politically motivated and may have something to do with the activities of Wikileaks which have released to the Internet thousands of secret documents about human rights violations, war crimes and other classified documents.
On Nov. 2 2011, a London court upheld a previous decision to extradite Assange to Sweden but later court said the case raised a point of law of general "public importance" that ought to be considered by the Supreme Court. A decision on the appeal is expected within weeks.
Meanwhile, Wikileaks said it is possible for Assange to participate in the Australian elections while on bail.
"We have discovered that it is possible for Julian Assange to run for the Australian Senate while detained," WikiLeaks said on Twitter on Saturday, according to AFP. "Julian has decided to run." the report added.
Wikileaks also announced Assange will put up candidates against incumbent Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Victoria.
It may be recalled that Gillard had blasted Assange for Wikileaks' release of classified documents particularly those of the US diplomatic cables, which she called "grossly irresponsible".
Wikileaks is an online Internet website that publishes secret documents in the Internet involving human rights violations, war crimes and related documents which are mostly classified.
Julian Assange, who was born in Australia is reported to be Wikileaks' Founder, Editor and Publisher.
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