Julian Assange could become an Aussie politician

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stands a real chance of winning an upper house seat in Australia.

According to AFPAssange is pressing ahead with plans to stand for election and has a good chance of getting in.

A survey conducted by the ruling Labor party’s internal pollsters UMR Research showed 25 percent of those polled would vote for the whistleblowing website chief.

He is likely to take supporters of the Greens with him and he might get a Greens Senate spot.

The poll shows that there is a significant level of support for Julian Assange which crosses party lines and is more concentrated among Greens voters.

More than 27 percent of Labor supporters said they would vote for him, as did 23 percent of conservatives.

Assange said he would run for Australia’s 76-seat Senate in March, vowing to be a libertarian and “fierce defender of free media” were he elected to the upper house.

At the moment he is being wooed by the Aussie parties but could also stand as an independent or establishing his own party devoted to advancing open government.

Australian politics is in a mess at the moment with political parties standing behind their leaders as much as the Roman senate stood behind Julius Caesar. A lot of Aussies are becoming alarmed at the tendency of the last two governments to try and censor anything that moved.

Assange, who is under house arrest in Britain awaiting judgment from the Supreme Court in London on whether he can be extradited to Sweden for questioning over allegations of rape and sexual assault, is an unusual choice for people to back.

If he is extradited to Sweden he will be in trouble even if the prosecution can’t make the charges stick. Court cases involving sex accusations tend to kill off political careers, even if the person is aquitted, because stories are told in court that politicans would prefer to keep under wraps.