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Assange bid for Australian senate

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will run for a seat in the Australian Senate in elections due late next year despite facing criminal charges in Sweden.

The 40-year-old Australian is currently being held under virtual house arrest in Britain while he fights extradition to Sweden, where he's wanted over sex crime allegations.

Assange has taken his legal battle to the Supreme Court, which is expected to rule soon.

The WikiLeaks website tweeted that the organisation has "discovered that it is possible for... Assange to run for the Australian Senate while detained", adding that he "has decided to run".

Australian National University political scientist John Wanna said Assange can run if he remains on Australia's electoral roll.


From Belfast Telegraph