DHAKA: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will run for a seat in the Australian Senate during this year’s elections, his organisation announced Wednesday, with his mother saying he would be ‘awesome’ in the role.
WikiLeaks unveiled the plan with a tweet that read ‘Australia: Julian Assange has confirmed he will run in the 2013 national election for the Australian Senate’, just hours after Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the nation would go to the polls on September 14.
The 41-year-old’s mother, Christine Assange, was delighted.
‘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,’ she was quoted as saying by the Australian Associated Press, reports daily Hurriyet.
Assange, who announced his intention to stand for Senate last year, has been holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London since June, after claiming asylum in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sex crimes.
Britain has refused to grant him safe passage out of the country.
BDST: 1915 HRS, JAN 30, 2013
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