DHAKA: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange believes winning a seat in Australia’s upper house would extricate him from his prolonged asylum inside Ecuador’s London embassy.
In an interview published on Australian website The Conversation, Assange outlined a scenario that would set him free to return to home, daily Hurriyet reports on Monday.
If he takes a senate seat in the September 14 elections, ‘the US Department of Justice won’t want to spark an international diplomatic row,’ The Conversation paraphrased Assange as saying.
‘It will drop its grand jury espionage investigation. The Cameron government will follow suit,’ it added.
If Britain failed to back off ‘the political costs of the current standoff will be higher still’, Assange said.
A new WikiLeaks Party is to be launched soon with a 10-member national council and field candidates for the senate. Queensland-born Assange is expected to stand in Victoria state.
BDST: 1843 HRS, FEB 18, 2013
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