Assange to bid for Australian senate

Sydney: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said he intends to run for a seat in the Australian Senate in the next elections.

Plans to set up an Australian WikiLeaks party are “significantly advanced”, the whistleblowing organisation’s founder was quoted as saying by the Australian Associated Press (AAP).

Assange said that “a number of very worthy people admired by the Australian public” have expressed interest in standing for a yet-to-be registered Australian WikiLeaks party.

A draft party constitution has been prepared and is being subjected to legal review.

AAP said party registration with the Australian Electoral Commission would require confirmation of at least 500 members listed on the electoral roll.

Assange said he had not yet registered to vote but believes he will be able to register in either New South Wales or Victoria as an overseas voter.

The Australian citizen has been holed up at the Ecuador embassy in London since taking refuge there in June in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces questioning over rape allegations.