Julian Assange Plans to Keep Himself Busy by Running for Senate

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Earlier this year, Wikileaks said that Julian Assange might run for office, and on Wednesday he confirmed in an interview with Fairfax Media that he intends to run for the Australian Senate next year. Assange said his plans to create an Australian Wikileaks party are "significantly advanced" and "a number of very worthy people admired by the Australian public" have expressed interest in running on the ticket. The party would stand for promoting openness in government and politics, and protecting individual privacy. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, polls show "Assange could be a competitive Senate candidate in either New South Wales or Victoria." There is the small matter of Assange not being able to set foot outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, but surprisingly that won't prevent him from running. "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," reports the Herald.