This should be a neat trick for a guy holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London who will eventually be hauled off to Sweden to face sexual assault charges.
PLANS to set up an Australian WikiLeaks party are “significantly advanced”, the whistleblowing organisation’s most visible member says.
Julian Assange has told Fairfax Media he intends to run for a Senate seat in the next election, adding that “a number of very worthy people admired by the Australian public” have expressed interest in standing for a yet-to-be registered Australian WikiLeaks party.
A draft party constitution has been prepared and is being subjected to legal review, Fairfax reports.
Party registration with the Australian Electoral Commission would require confirmation of at least 500 members listed on the electoral roll.
Mr Assange told Fairfax he had not yet registered to vote but believes he will be able to register in either NSW or Victoria as an overseas voter.
A “strategic decision” would determine which state he would run to represent, he said.
The Australian citizen has been holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy since taking refuge there in June in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces questioning over rape allegations.
OK, he’s not registered to vote, has no idea where he’ll run and may be in a Swedish prison before long. Sounds like a plan!
Meanwhile, he’s supposedly suffering from a chronic lung problem. Hey, you may want to leave the embassy and get that checked out.