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Updated: March 18, 2012 00:52 IST

Assange plans bid for Australian Senate

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Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks speaks at a press conference in London. File photo
Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks speaks at a press conference in London. File photo

WikiLeaks says the group’s founder, Julian Assange, will run for a seat in the Australian Senate in elections due late next year despite facing criminal charges in Sweden.

The 40-year-old Australian is currently being held under virtual house arrest in Britain while he fights extradition to Sweden, where he’s wanted over sex crime allegations. Mr. Assange has taken his legal battle to Britain’s Supreme Court, which is expected to rule imminently.

The WikiLeaks website tweeted Saturday that the organization has “discovered that it is possible for ... Mr. Assange to run for the Australian Senate while detained,” adding that he “has decided to run.”

Australian National University political scientist John Wanna says Mr. Assange can run if he remains on Australia’s electoral roll.

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If information is being hidden from public view, there is a skeleton
in the cupboard.The task before a good newspaper like The Hindu is
to expose it.

from:  Jaspal Singh
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 09:31 IST

Of the 250k pages of materials released no criminal acts have been identified by any the UN or nation concerned. People that were hurt were a number of gay, women and other human rights advocates that were working secretly in their own countries. Being "outed" by Assange in Uganda or Zimbabwe as a gay person is a virtual death sentence. Being a women's advocate trying to stop female circumcision is another. Being a chieftain in Afghanistan that cooperates with Karzai or NATO in some places is a yet another. There are other examples. Hillary Clinton (State Dept.) had to quietly relocate a fair number of people. Assange didn't care about those people at all. He was "busy" in Sweden I suppose.

from:  Ed Hayden
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 01:25 IST

If I were an australian, I'd voted for him. He's a daring hero! World needs more people like him and all those whistle blowers who listened to their conscience and exposed the wrong doings of corporatocratic governments

from:  I.Anand
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 01:15 IST

I'll vote for him. I'm Australian. Yes, individuals deserve privacy, but
governments and corporations (which are governing by de facto means)
should not be able to hide behind secrecy. At the moment, it's the other
way around. We need people like Assange.

from:  Peter Johnson
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 14:04 IST
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