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Wikileaks Party to run Senate candidates in Victoria, NSW, and Western Australia
Wikileaks Articles, April 6, 2013
The WikiLeaks Party will field Senate candidates in Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia in the September 14 Federal Election.
The Party’s National Council made the decision when it met face to face for the first time today at the Party’s new campaign headquarters in Fitzroy, Melbourne.
The WikiLeaks Party’s National Campaign Director Greg Barns and National Council member Cassie Findlay said that the Party was focused on winning Senate seats in all three states and that the Party may announce it is running candidates in other states and territories between now and the Election.
“The WikiLeaks Party has an outstanding candidate in Victoria in the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. Mr Assange will be joined on the Party’s Senate ticket by other high quality candidates. In New South Wales and Western Australia support for WikiLeaks Party is strong and the Party has identified individuals who have expressed an interest in running for the Senate. The Party will announce those candidates after they have been endorsed,” Mr Barns said.
Top Swedish judge defends Wikileaks’ Assange
Aljazeera, 4 April 2013
Supreme Court chief calls sex charges against Julian Assange “a mess” and praises him for leaking secret US documents.
A senior Swedish judge has said that the sex-crime allegations against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange are “a mess”, and praised him for leaking classified US documents.
Speaking on Wednesday at the University of Adelaide in Australia, Stefan Lindskog, chairman of the Supreme Court of Sweden, also listed legal obstacles to extraditing the 41-year-old Australian to the United States to face prosecution for exposing thousands of classified documents.
Lindskog was critical of the Swedish criminal investigation, and suggested that Sweden’s extradition treaty with the United States would not apply to Assange.
“I think it is a mess,” said Lindskog, referring to the Swedish criminal investigation. “Basically, I think there are some misunderstandings, especially when it comes to the issue of extradition.”
“Extradition shall not be granted when alleged crimes [are] military or political in nature,” Lindskog said.
Why Julian Assange can win a Senate seat: campaign director
Crikey, GREG BARNS | APR 02, 2013
Julian Assange is, as they say, in the mix when it comes to who might win the sixth Senate seat in Victoria at the September 14 federal election. He is a candidate with an established high profile, he attracts support from across the political landscape, and the issues he stands for resonate with an electorate disillusioned with the …
Assange appoints WikiLeaks Party campaign director for Australian Senate bid
Yahoo News, by Rob Taylor | Reuters – Mon, Apr 1, 2013
CANBERRA (Reuters) – Fugitive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, holed up in London’s Ecuadorian embassy for nine months, has appointed a high-profile opponent of Britain’s monarchy to run his campaign for a seat in Australia’s upper house of parliament.
Former Australian Republican Movement head and lawyer Greg Barns said on Monday he would be campaign director for the WikiLeaks Party spearheading Assange’s rare absentee bid for a Senate seat in Australia’s September 14 election, which even if successful would not bring him any legal protection.
“It’s most definitely a serious campaign,” Barns told Australian radio. “He does attract support from across the political spectrum. The party will offer a refreshing change from the Australian government culture of secrecy.”
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