Assange in Westminster on February 2, 2012.
From the party’s press release:
WikiLeaks Party will act as an independent scrutineer of government activity “by ensuring that the Senate is acting independently of the government of the day,” according to Mr Assange who will details the core principles of the party —Transparency. Accountability. Justice — as well as the details of the Party’s policies on asylum seekers and climate change.
Running a political party is “not unlike running the WikiLeaks organization,” Assange told the New York Times. “However, it’s nice to be politically engaged in my home country.”
But will he be able to be politically engaged while trapped in London, where police are ready to arrest him the moment he steps out of the embassy building?
Under Australian law, Mr. Assange would have to take his seat within one year of being elected, although the Senate could technically grant him an extension if he is unable to physically take his seat …
“There is, of course, some possibility that the Australian Senate would permit remote involvement. It’s never been done before, but it is theoretically possible,” Mr. Assange said. “But in any event we have candidates available to hold the seat until such time as I am available to take it.”
On Thursday, six more WikiLeaks candidates for Senate seats throughout the country were also announced: author and activist Leslie Cannold, law teacher Binoy Kampmark, lawyer and activist Kellie Tranter, academic and former Australian Foreign Service member Alison Broinowski, activist Gerry Georgatos, and economist Suresh Rajan.
Election Day is Sept. 14.
- BP has agreed to pay a $18.7 billion fine to settle legal actions over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
- Liberia has reported three new cases of Ebola this week. The country was declared Ebola-free on May 9.
- A pilot has broken the world records for longest solo flight and longest non-stop flight ever taken in a solar-powered airplane ?