Julian Assange, an alleged rapist, confirmed hacker, and international fugitive currently hiding out in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, has announced that he is to start a political party in Australia named after his “Wikileaks” organization.
Assange is most well-known for his Wikileaks website which releases leaked secret documents designed to cause trouble for people and organizations who he personally politically opposes.
Organizations targeted include Britain’s British National Party (whose membership list was published on Wikileaks and which resulted in several attacks on a number of people). Wikileaks never publishes any membership lists of leftist organizations or groups.
Wikileaks’s most famous “coup” was the release of secret US government diplomatic cables, which embarrassed the US State Department. The only target country whose cables were censored by Wikileaks was Israel.
Assange was a hacker as a teenager and has since November 2010 been subject to a European Arrest Warrant in response to a Swedish police request for questioning in relation to a charge of rape.
In June 2012, following final dismissal by the Supreme Court of the UK of his appeal against enforcement of the European Arrest Warrant, Assange skipped bail and fled to the Ecuadorian embassy in London rather than face the charges in Sweden.
His new party, the “Wikileaks Party” has now been officially launched, and Assange has announced that he plans to run for the Australian Senate in September this year.
It is not known if he is to run in absentia while hiding out in the Ecuadorian Embassy, or if he is hoping that senator status will grant him diplomatic immunity.
In order to officially register with the Australian Electoral Commission, a party must enlist 500 members. At present his organization has a 10-member national council, which consists of supporters and close associates of both Assange and WikiLeaks.
The party’s manifesto calls for “the protection of human rights and freedoms; transparency of governmental and corporate action, policy, and information; recognition of the need for equality between generations; and support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination.”
Not surprisingly, there is no mention of European-Australian self-determination.