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Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange To Run For Australian Senate

It's good to have goals, which is why Julian Assange isn't going to let the tiny matter of being under house arrest stand in the way for his dream of a seat in the Australian Parliament.

Yes - apparently you can still run for a seat in the Australian Parliament whilst being detained; however, he's still wanted in Sweden over allegations of sexual assault and rape.

His political revelations were announced via Twitter, saying: "We have discovered that it is possible for Julian Assange to run for the Australian senate while detained. Julian has decided to run."

Guidelines to Australia's constitution state that a person can be prevented from running for senate if they have "been convicted and is under sentence, or subject to be sentenced, for any offence punishable under the law of the Commonwealth or of a State by imprisonment for one year or longer." This argument was kindly pointed out by Wikileaks, in that Assange's status does not meet this criteria - therefore giving him free reign to run.

Wikileaks is also hoping to pit a candidate against Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Lalor, Victoria. Gillard, Australia's first female prime minister, has labelled the release of highly sensitive information on Wikileaks as "grossly irresponsible", and strongly supports the use of an Internet filter in order to block images of child pornography and abuse.

Meanwhile, Assange is waiting the results of his extradition appeal to Britain's highest court. Should the bid be rejected, his only hope before being directed back in the direction of Sweden is the European Court of Human Rights.

Source: Mashable