Wikileaks” Founder Wants to Run for Senate in Australia

A ton of hur­dles here.

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”.


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.

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