Julian Assange on Sunday declared that the WikiLeaks Party’s showing in Australia’s parliamentary elections had been a “great result,” despite winning less than 1 per cent of the vote.

“It’s had a leader and primary candidate stuck in an overseas embassy for 400 days in a foreign country, nine hours’ time difference, and an international banking blockade against it, which interfered with donations,” he told ABC from inside Ecuador’s embassy in London.

“The WikiLeaks Party will continue for sure,” Mr. Assange said, insisting that 0.62 per cent of the vote was a “pretty good outcome.” Others have declared WikiLeaks’ entry into party politics a shambles.

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