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Wikileaks' Assange to Run for Australian Senate Seat

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 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has decided to run for a seat in the Australian senate next year.
 

Wikileaks made the announcement on Twitter yesterday. It Tweeted shortly after that the group would be fielding a candidate to run against Prime Minister Julia Gillard in her home seat.

Assange, who is an Australian citizen, is currently under house arrest in England facing possible extradition to Sweden over sexual assault charges from 2010.
 

First The Simpsons, and now the Senate. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plans to run for federal office, setting up a potential battle with the Greens for a left-of-centre quota.

Mr Assange, who is under house arrest in England, facing possible extradition to Sweden to answer sexual assault charges dating back to 2010, will mount a Senate bid here, his group announced on Twitter yesterday. [...]

People convicted of a crime under Australian law that is punishable by a year's prison term or more are excluded from office, but the constitution is silent on the impact of any potential conviction abroad. It disqualifies anyone deemed ''attainted of treason''. [...]

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