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Julian Assange to stand in Australian elections

by staff reporter

Julian Assange, the founder of the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, will attempt to win a seat in Australian Senate elections while still confined to an embassy building in west London, it has been announced.

Assange (41) is among seven WikiLeaks Party candidates intending to stand in the elections.

The Australian-born activist claimed he wanted to bring the "values of transparency and accountability and resistance under pressure that (he has) developed through hard experience with WikiLeaks" to Australian politics. Assange has been in the Ecuadorean embassy for more than a year.

He told the New York Times yesterday that he was confident he would be able to run an effective campaign despite not being able to leave the embassy for fear of being arrested.

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