Assange officially files to run for Australian Senate
Well it is official! Julian Assange has now formally filed an application to run for a seat in the Australian Senate in the upcoming September 14th federal elections. His formal application was filed for him in Melbourne with the Australian Electoral Commission on Tuesday by his supporters and officially he will be running for a seat in the Australian state of Victoria.
Mr. Assange will be running on a ticket for the newly created WikiLeaks Party which has yet to be formally registered with the Australian Electoral Commission, but which already has staff, is active and has two internet domain names registered in the name of the deputy national party president, Tim Neal, who according to media reports live in Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia 264 kilometers from Melbourne.
Mr. Assange’s application was apparently turned in by his father, John Shipton, who is a well-know architect from Sydney and who has been one of the principle organizers of the new party which already has a national council consisting of 10 people who are all supporters of WikiLeaks or close friends of Mr. Assange.
According to the Wikileaks discussion forum Mr. Shipton told the Associated Press in Australia that he thought there was lot of support for Julian and even more support for what Julian stands for. "The party stands for what Julian espouses transparency and accountability in government and of course human rights."
There were concerns that Mr. Assange’s asylum claim might be hindered by him running for a political seat in Australia, but in an interview with the Voice of Russia, his American lawyer, Michael Ratner, said his running will in no way affect the asylum he was granted by Ecuador.
Mr. Ratner stated that since Australian is an English Commonwealth country Mr. Assange may be granted some kind of immunity which might allow him to finally leave the Ecuadorian Embassy, where he has been forced to seek refuge out of fears for his life.
Many American politicians, government officials, public figures and pundits have openly called for Mr. Assange’s assassination. Rather than investigations into the facts uncovered by WikiLeaks.
The fears which Mr. Assange has are very real and exist to this day, a fact that was underlined in a
I contacted WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnnson and Christine Assange for comment on the Senate bid however they refrained from commenting or have not answered requests for comments, directing me instead to Samantha Castro the Co-Director of the
Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks Party are bravely continuing their fight to end the illegal and criminal conduct of government and fighting for transparency, time will tell if the Australian people also support such noble ideals.
"I think there's a lot of support for Julian and even more support for what Julian stands for," Mr Shipton told the Australian Associated Press, ARS Technica reports. "The party stands for what Julian espouses—transparency and accountability in government and of course human rights."