WikiLeaks’ Assange to run for Australian senate

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Moscow: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will run for a seat in the Australian Senate in elections due next year despite being detained in Britain, the organization said Saturday.

“We have discovered that it is possible for Julian Assange to run for the Australian Senate while detained. Julian has decided to run,” the group announced on its Twitter account.

The 40-year-old Australian is currently being held under house arrest in Britain facing a possible extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted over sex crime allegations.

Assange has denied the accusations against him and described the case as politically motivated.

In its Twitter announcement Saturday, WikiLeaks said it would also be fielding a candidate to run against Prime Minister Julia Gillard in her home seat of Lalor, an electoral division located to the south-west of Melbourne.