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Julian Assange to run for Australian Senate seat, WikiLeaks tweets

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plans to run for a seat in the Australian Senate, despite being under house arrest in the United Kingdom, the whistleblower group announced on Twitter.

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks to demonstrators from the steps of Saint Paul's Cathedral in central London on Oct. 15, 2011. Around 800 people rallied in London's financial heart amid a heavy police presence as part of world protests against corporate greed and budget cutbacks. Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement and Spain's 'Indignants', people began taking to the streets across the world, targeting 951 cities in 82 countries. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plans to run for a seat in the Australian Senate, despite being under house arrest in the United Kingdom, the whistleblower group announced on Twitter.

WikiLeaks announced its intentions on Saturday, using the hashtag #Assange4Senate.

‘‘We have discovered that it is possible for Julian Assange to run for the Australian Senate while detained. Julian has decided to run,’’ the WikiLeaks website tweeted.

The organisation released a document on Twitter they claimed held the answer that would allow him to run while under house arrest.

WikiLeaks also tweeted that the organization planned to field a candidate to run against Prime Minister Julia Gillard in her seat of Lalor at the next election.

"The name of the Laylor candidate and the state Julian will run for will be announced at the appropriate time," it tweeted

Assange is being detained in England facing possible extradition to Sweden, where police want to question him over allegations that he sexually assaulted two women in 2010.

He is awaiting a British Supreme Court decision on his appeal against the extradition, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

(GlobalPost reports: Tough times for Australian billionaires)

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