Julian Assange to Run for Senate in Australia

WikiLeaks says he can do so despite legal troubles
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2012 11:51 AM CDT
Julian Assange, pictured on Feb. 1 as he arrives at the Supreme Court in London.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

(Newser) – He's living under house arrest in Britain, fighting extradition to Sweden, and fearing extradition to the US, but that won't stop Julian Assange from running for Senate in a fourth land—his native Australia. The WikiLeaker plans to run for a seat next year, reports Australia's ABC News. "We have discovered that it is possible for Julian Assange to run for the Australian Senate while detained," WikiLeaks said on Twitter. "Julian has decided to run."

The more pressing matter for Assange is a pending decision by Britain's Supreme Court, which will rule on whether he should be sent to Sweden to face sex crime charges, notes AP. Assange maintains that the charges are bogus. He also thinks that his extradition to Stockholm would make it more likely that he would then be extradited to the US to face charges related to WikiLeaks' huge dump of classified documents.

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