WikiLeaks founder Assange reasserts his run for Australian Senate

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has reasserted his intention to run for Senate in the 2013 Australian elections.

Elections are set for 14 September but it is unclear how Assange will stand, as he will be arrested as soon as he sets foot outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in Knightsbridge in which he is taking refuge. He previously announced his plans to stands last year.

WikiLeaks has cited the Australian constitution, stating that only if Assange is unable to enter the Senate for more than two months could he be voted out and replaced with a member of the same party.

His mother Christine has thrown her weight behind him, telling AAP reporters that “he will be awesome”.

“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 last year in June and has been granted asylum in the Ecuador embassy in the hope of avoiding extradition to Sweden where he would face police questions over alleged sex crimes. He fears that if sent to Sweden, he would be extradited to the United States to face charges over the activities of his WikiLeaks website.

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