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First step made: Assange official applicant for Australia Senate elections

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 14, 2013

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addresses members of the media and supporters from the window of the Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge, west London.(AFP Photo / Leon Neal)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addresses members of the media and supporters from the window of the Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge, west London.(AFP Photo / Leon Neal)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has submitted his application to the Australian Electoral Commission. This is the first step in his attempt to become an Australian senator in September 2013 elections in Victoria state.

The electoral enrolment application was handed to the Australian Electoral Commission in Melbourne on behalf of Assange by his supporters, including his father, Sydney architect John Shipton.

“They are people who are close associates, academics, specialists in their field and activists as well,” WikiLeaks Australian Citizens Alliance (WACA) spokeswoman Sam Castro was cited by The Australian.

The address nominated in Assange’s application was his mother’s house in Mentone, in the federal electorate of Isaacs, WACA confirmed.

The party, not yet registered with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), has an initial 10-member national council; all supporters and close associates of Assange and pro-WikiLeaks activists.

The council plans to convene within a week to gather members to officially register the party – it needs to find 500 people to qualify.

As the Australian election legislation reads, Australian citizens living overseas have a right to register to vote and run for office at home in case they left Australia within the past three years prior to the election and plan to return within six years of their departure.

Mr. Shipton, who played a great role in the initial organization of Assange’s party, believes his son will gain a lot of public support.

“I think there’s a lot of support for Julian and even more support for what Julian stands for,” Assange’s father was cited by local AAP news agency. Read the rest of this entry »

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Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Founder, To Run For Australian Senate In 2013 Election

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 2, 2013

Assange extradition caseWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has announced he will run for Senate in the 2013 Australian elections, despite having been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the last six months.

The 41-year-old’s mother, Christine Assange, has already pledged her support for son’s political ambitions on Twitter.

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“He will be awesome” she told Australian news agency AAP.

“In the House of Representatives we get to choose between US lackey party number one and US lackey party number two – between the major parties.

“So it will be great to ‘Assange’ the Senate for some Aussie oversight.”

Australian-born Assange skipped bail in June and is seeking asylum in the South American embassy in an attempt to evade extradition to Sweden where he faces questioning over allegations of sex crimes.

The whistleblower fears he will be extradited to the United States to face charges over the activities of his WikiLeaks website if he is first sent to Sweden.

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Assange has only appeared by videolink or on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy Read the rest of this entry »

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