WikiLeaks founder to run for Senate in Australian election

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CANBERRA. January 30. KAZINFORM Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks website, will run for a Senate seat in the 2013 Australian federal election, his mother Christine Assange confirmed with local media on Wednesday.

"He will be awesome," she told Australian Associated Press.

"In the House of Representatives we get to choose between U.S. lackey party number one and U.S. lackey party number two - between the major parties. So it will be great to 'Assange' the Senate for some Aussie oversight," the mother said.

Assange, born in Australian state of Queensland, announced his Senate ambition last December from Ecuador's London embassy. He sought refuge there since last June in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces rape allegations.

Assange, who founded the secret-leaking website WikiLeaks, fears if he goes to Sweden to be questioned over rape allegations, authorities will allow him to be extradited to the United States. WikeLeaks has published thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables on its website.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced Wednesday that the federal election will be held on September 14.

Source: Xinhua

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