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Wikileaks founder Assange to run for Australian Senate

Press Trust Of India  |  Melbourne 

founder Julian Assange, now in a run-in with the US administration, is planning to contest a seat to the Australian Senate. Assange, an Australian citizen, is being detained in the UK ahead of a possible extradition to Sweden where he is wanted on sexual assault allegations. announced that Assange is planning to run for a seat in Australian Senate, adding that the 40-year-old's current legal status did not bar him from contesting, ABC reported. "We have discovered that it is possible for to run for the Australian Senate while detained," said on Twitter.

In its tweet, said it would also put up a candidate against Prime Minister in her Lower House Victorian seat of Lalor. "The name of the Laylor candidate and the state Julian will run for will be announced at the appropriate time," said. The Australian government has also been hard on Assange and describing its leakage of US diplomatic cables as "grossly irresponsible".

Gillard has also asked Australian police to investigate whether had broken any Australian law.

First Published: Sun, March 18 2012. 00:13 IST