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Confirmed: Assange Will Run for Australian Senate in 2013

In Australia, Australia, Julian Assange, News, Politics, WikiLeaks, World Revolution on January 31, 2013 at 12:13 PM

01/30/2013

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plans to run for a seat in the Australian Senate in 2013, it has been confirmed on Wednesday. It is not yet clear how he will escape from London’s Ecuadorean embassy.

WikiLeaks representative Kristinn Hrafnsson confirmed to RT that Julian Assange will run for a seat in the Australian Senate.

A native of Australia’s Queensland state, Assange said in March last year that he wanted to “bring liberty back to the center of Australian politics.” His Senate candidacy will help him defend free speech and the “right of citizens… to live their lives free from state interference,” he explained.

After taking political asylum in Ecuador’s embassy in London in June, Assange expressed interest in the senate seat in December, when he said that he would run as a candidate as part of a yet-to-be-formed WikiLeaks party. He also called on to his supporters to stand with him.

Assange is expected to run on a WikiLeaks party ticket; If he cannot physically make it to the Senate, his seat will be taken by his running mate, the WikiLeaks wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

Assange’s mother Christine has confirmed her son’s senate candidacy: “He will be awesome,” she told AAP News. She added that currently, Australians can only choose between the two major parties in the country’s legislature, which she called “US lackey party number one and US lackey party number two.”

“It will be great to ‘Assange’ the senate for some Aussie oversight,” Christine Assange said.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced earlier in the day that the country’s national elections will be held on September 14.

Assange may not be able to be physically present at the Australian senate as he remains holed up in London’s Ecuadorean embassy in order to avoid extradition to Sweden. Stockholm has called for Assange to be questioned in the presence of those who made the sex crime allegations. This has raised concerns from Assange’s lawyers that the WikiLeaks found could then be extradited again to the US upon arriving in Sweden.

If extradited to the US, Assange will likely face trial for the release of thousands of classified US diplomatic cables. It was revealed in September last year that US authorities had declared Assange and WikiLeaks to be enemies of the state.

Via RT

Julian Assange Running for 2013 Australian Senate, Creating WikiLeaks Political Party

In Julian Assange, News, Other Leaks, WikiLeaks, World Revolution on December 12, 2012 at 1:38 PM

12/12/2012

TheAge:

WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange has confirmed his intention to run as a Senate candidate in the 2013 federal election and will announce the formation of a WikiLeaks political party early next year.

Nearly six months after he sought political asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy, Mr Assange doesn’t expect his circumstances to change soon.

Although he thinks it “inevitable” that the United States government will eventually drop its espionage investigation into WikiLeaks, he fears such an outcome may be “several years away”.

In an interview with Fairfax Media, Mr Assange suggested the court martial of alleged WikiLeaks source, US Army Private Bradley Manning, now scheduled for March, would reveal “details … about how [US prosecutors] may have framed a case for conspiracy between … Manning and myself.”

“Getting the US investigation dropped, that is our number-one priority,” he said.

Mr Assange said plans to register an Australian WikiLeaks party were ”significantly advanced”. He indicated he would be a Senate candidate, and added that “a number of very worthy people admired by the Australian public” have indicated their availability to stand for election on a party ticket.

Mr Assange said he is able to fulfil the requirements to register as an overseas elector in either New South Wales or Victoria and that he will shortly take a “strategic decision” about which state he would be a Senate candidate for.

Mr Assange’s biological father, John Shipton, has co-ordinated preparations for the formation of a WikiLeaks party, and a draft of the party’s constitution has been subjected to legal review.

Registration of the party with the Australian Electoral Commission would require confirmation of 500 members who are listed on the electoral roll. Mr Assange hopes that WikiLeaks’ internet presence, which includes a Twitter account with nearly 1.7 million followers and a Facebook page with more than 2.1 million “likes”, and the formation of ”friends of WikiLeaks” groups would mobilise Australian supporters.

He said a WikiLeaks party would advance WikiLeaks’ objectives of promoting openness in government and politics, and it would combat growing intrusions on individual privacy.

If Mr Assange were elected but he was unable to return to Australia to take up his position, a nominee would occupy a Senate seat.

Mr Assange said he had been “quite encouraged” by series of published polls through the past two years that showed support for WikiLeaks had remained “consistently high”.

Opinion polls this year by UMR Research, the company the Labor Party uses for its internal polling, have suggested that Mr Assange could be a competitive Senate candidate in either NSW or Victoria, most likely fighting it out with the Australian Greens for the last of six seats up for grabs in each state in a half-Senate election.

It is understood Mr Assange has consulted WikiLeaks supporters, including several prominent journalists and legal figures, since he indicated his intention to explore a Senate candidacy eight months ago.

Mr Assange believes “the building of political opposition to the persecution of a media organisation” will lead the US Department of Justice to drop its espionage investigation.

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Protests Against Ex-Regime Members Running for Office in Tunisia

In News, Tunisia, World Revolution on May 1, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Protests erupted in Tunisia after the interim government’s decision to allow people from Ben Ali’s former ruling party RCD to stand in election in July.

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Israeli Car Ad Promotes Running Over Palestinian Children

In Israhell, News on April 23, 2011 at 10:23 AM
A new photo advertisement of a Japanese car in Israel has drawn considerable outrage for its implied promotion of running over Palestinian kids.

"We'll see who can stand against you" reads the Hebrew line in the right corner of the photo

PressTV:

The commercial advertisement, published by a Subaru dealership in Israel, features the scene photographed last year, when an Israeli settler struck two Palestinian children with his car in the East al-Quds (Jerusalem) neighborhood of Silwan before speeding away, Xinhua reported on Thursday.

“We’ll see who can stand against you,” reads the Hebrew line to the right corner of the picture.

The October incident targeted two youngsters, aged 10 and 12, breaking the younger victim’s leg.

The attacker, named David Be’eri, is the director general of Elad, a hard-line real estate development conglomerate.

The organization encourages Jews to move into dense neighborhoods in East al-Quds.

East al-Quds forms part of the Palestinian territories, which Tel Aviv occupied in 1967 and later annexed despite international refusal to recognize either aggression. It has been promised as the capital of any future Palestinian state.

The acting Palestinian Authority (PA) Chief Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party has said the promotion of the act of aggression “is a dirty advertisement and propaganda that reached to the status of calling for [the] killing Palestinian children by running them over.”

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