WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be running for a seat in the Australian Senate. WikiLeaks confirmed the news on Twitter today. Assange will be running as a member of the Australian WikiLeaks Party. Assange’s mother Christine confirmed that her son will be running for the Senate and simply said “He will be awesome.”
Assange is a refuge at the Ecuador embassy in London. He is avoiding extradition to Sweden. Prosecutors in Sweden want to question him on accusations of sexual misconduct. If Assange leaves the embassy, he will be arrested.
It seems implausible that someone that is currently hiding out could run for office. If Assange wins a seat, he would get a two-month window to set foot inside the building before the rest of the Senate calls for a vote to replace him or another member of the WikiLeaks Party.
Assange also fears that if he leaves the embassy, he could be sent to the United States. The U.S. government wants to prosecute him for WikiLeaks’ involvement in the release of classified American military documents.
Australia: Julian Assange has confirmed he will run in the 2013 national election for the Australian Senate #auspol
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 30, 2013