“Wikileaks” Founder Wants to Run for Senate in Australia
1) He might not be eligible. (Details here.)
2) He has to form his own political party and have at least 500 members in it.
3) He would have to open up all of his financials as well as all of Wikileaks financials, something which most don’t believe will happen in the latter’s case.
And of course, finally…
4) He is currently still in London and has been for the past six months been living in an office (as the world’s worst house guest) at the Ecuadorian Embassy trying to wait out an extradition charge for rape in one of the Scandinavian countries, which one I completely have forgotten at this moment.
WIKILEAKS publisher Julian Assange has confirmed his intention to run as a Senate candidate in the 2013 federal election and will announce the formation of a WikiLeaks political party early next year.
Nearly six months after he sought political asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy, Mr Assange doesn’t expect his circumstances to change soon.
Although he thinks it “inevitable” that the United States government will eventually drop its espionage investigation into WikiLeaks, he fears such an outcome may be “several years away”.Advertisement
In an interview with Fairfax Media, Mr Assange suggested the court martial of alleged WikiLeaks source, US Army Private Bradley Manning, now scheduled for March, would reveal “details … about how [US prosecutors] may have framed a case for conspiracy between … Manning and myself.”
“Getting the US investigation dropped, that is our number-one priority,” he said.
Mr Assange said plans to register an Australian WikiLeaks party were ”significantly advanced”. He indicated he would be a Senate candidate, and added that “a number of very worthy people admired by the Australian public” have indicated their availability to stand for election on a party ticket.
Mr Assange said he is able to fulfil the requirements to register as an overseas elector in either New South Wales or Victoria and that he will shortly take a “strategic decision” about which state he would be a Senate candidate for.
Mr Assange’s biological father, John Shipton, has co-ordinated preparations for the formation of a WikiLeaks party, and a draft of the party’s constitution has been subjected to legal review.
Polling from the company which does the internal polling for the ruling Labour Party in Australia has suggested that Assange’s best chance of victory are in the providences of Victoria or New South Wales, both of which are in the heavily-populated southeast part of the continent-country. Each of Australia’s six states can elect up to 12 senators to serve a six-year term.
The current coalition government, led by Labour, has been in charge of Australia since 2010.
If somehow Assange is able to be eligible and still unable to serve, he would be allowed to name a place-holder apparently.