Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, who has been a refugee in Ecuador’s embassy in London (United Kingdom) chose the lawyer and former chairman of the Australian Republican Movement, Greg Barns, to be his campaign manager for the WikiLeaks Party, thus taken a head-on the unusual absence of Assange candidacy for a seat in the Senate of Australia in the upcoming elections of September 14.
“It certainly is a serious campaign,” said Barns on an Australian radio. “It has the support of all the political spectrum. The game will offer a dynamic change in the culture of secrecy of the Australian government,” he added.
Assange said that in case of victory, he could take office from July 1, 2013, this would mean that he must return to Australia to be sworn. If he obtains a seat in the Senate, he would be protected by parliamentary privilege laws to Australian politicians that protect them against legal action over comments made in Congress.