It is now official, WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, will run for the Australian Senate in 2013 as part of the WikiLeaks party. If he can't physically make it there, his running partner will stand in.
Digital Journal reported on December 13 that Assange was planning to run for a seat in the Australian Senate. It is now confirmed that he will indeed do so.
The WikiLeaks Twitter feed is alive with tweets about his decision - the latest tweet refers to LNP - Liberal National Party of Queensland and ALP - Australian Labor Party:
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WikiLeaks is tweeting about Julian Assange's intentions to run for the Australian Senate.
On top of the various tweets, WikiLeaks representative, Kristinn Hrafnsson, has confirmed to RT that Assange will be running for a seat as a candidate, as part of a still-to-be formed WikiLeaks party, and that he has asked his supporters to stand with him.
It is unsure how he will be able to get out of London's Ecuadorian embassy to travel to Australia. However if he can't travel, his seat will be taken by a running mate, as explained by WikiLeaks on Twitter on Wednesday.
Assange is a native of Australia’s Queensland state, and stated in March 2012 that he wanted to “bring liberty back to the center of Australian politics.” He explained that his candidacy for the Senate would help him defend free speech and the “right of citizens… to live their lives free from state interference.”
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Christine Assange, mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Assange's mother, Christine Assange, has also confirmed his candidacy for the Senate saying, "He will be awesome."
She added, "In the House of Representatives we get to choose between US lackey party number one and US lackey party number two - between the major parties."
“It will be great to ‘Assange’ the senate for some Aussie oversight,” she added.
The country's national elections are set to be held on September 14, according to the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy since June 19, 2012 when he entered the embassy seeking political asylum. Ecuador granted him this asylum, but he is unable to leave the embassy as the UK will not grant him safe passage. Should he step outside the door, he would immediately be arrested and sent to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning in alleged sex crimes.
The biggest fear is that should he be sent to Sweden, he would then be extradited on to the US, where he is wanted on "espionage" charges for the release of sensitive documents by WikiLeaks that both embarrassed and angered the US government.
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