Assange to stand for Australia's senate despite UK house arrest


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The Independent Online

The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, will run for a seat in Australia's senate despite being under house arrest in the UK and facing criminal allegations in Sweden.

The 40-year-old has criticised Julia Gillard's centre-left government for not defending him after WikiLeaks released thousands of classified US embassy cables in 2010. Australian police concluded that Mr Assange did not break any Australian laws by publishing the cables, although Ms Gillard condemned the action as "grossly irresponsible". Mr Assange has taken his legal battle against extradition to the supreme court, which is expected to deliver a judgment later this year.