Yes, Wikileak’s Julian Assange will be taking a crack at the Australian Senate and no, as far as I know, this is not a joke.
Late last year, Wikileaks raised the question as to whether Julian Assange would be able to run for Senate considering his current house arrest in the UK.
A couple of hours ago, Wikileaks tweeted the following:
“We have discovered that it is possible for Julian Assange to run for the Australian Senate while detained. Julian has decided to run.
We will also be fielding a candidate to run against Julia Gillard in her home seat of Lalor (Vic).”
Currently, the Wikileaks founder is on bail with a residence requirement at Ellingham Hall in Norfolk, England. Awaiting the results of appeals against his extradition to Sweden, Mr Assange is fitted with an electronic monitoring device and must report to police daily.
So how can someone in his position run for the Australian Senate? The rules appear not to disallow Mr. Assange’s circumstances from doing so.
As Mr. Assange has not been convicted nor is he under sentence, or subject to be sentenced, for any offence punishable under State or Commonwealth law by imprisonment for a year or longer; nor does his situation contravene any other applicable criteria, he’s free to take his shot.
In case anyone thought Julian Assange was slowly fading into the background; this latest turn of events should put an end to that notion.
So, stay tuned for a Wikileaks party being formed and more Julian related headlines popping up about the place. It will be really interesting to see if his bid has legs and what level of support Australians will give to it. Wikileaks has considerable reach and influence in certain slices of the community, but among the Joe Sixpacks of Australia, I’m not so sure.
First the Senate – and then the Prime Ministership?
Nah, surely not.
Still, who would have thought back in the 70′s a bunch of tree-hugging hippies would play such an important role in Australian politics – all they needed to do was to get better organised, cut the dreadlocks, don a suit and tie and things really started happening. No dreddies on Julian, he’s already well accustomed to spiffy dressing and seems to have no problem with organising things.