– Julian Assange is banking on being elected to the Australian Senate as his ticket to political freedom, saying he is sure his new WikiLeaks Party will easily attract the numbers to launch ahead of the federal election.
In an in-depth interview to be published on the website The Conversation this morning, Assange said he was counting on public support from Australians to help catapult him into the Senate and out of Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he has been holed up since June to avoid extradition to Sweden over allegations of sex crimes.
According to the article, Assange, who last week applied to be on Victoria’s electoral roll in order to qualify for political office, will field WikiLeaks Party candidates for the Senate in several states, most likely including himself as a candidate in Victoria.
If he were elected, Assange said the US Department of Justice would back down from its espionage investigation in order to avoid sparking an international incident, with the British Government following suit.
The Swedish authorities’ case against him was falling apart, he said.
Under Australian federal law, he would then have to take up his Senate seat within two months, which would require his freedom.
If not immediately freed after his election, Assange said he could take his oath before the Governor-General for the first time ever by video link.
He said he was sure his WikiLeaks Party would easily attract the minimum 500 paid-up members required by federal law to launch, and said any technical objections to him standing for office aren’t real.
When asked how allegations of misogyny might affect his political campaign he said his new party would be popular with women – Petra Starke