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Assange's Wikileaks runs into Australian election troubles

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's plans to capture a seat at Australia's September 7 elections were in disarray on Thursday after his top local candidate quit due to an internal fight over party organization. Assange, who remains holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, accepted responsibility for the divisions, saying he had been too busy helping fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who has been granted temporary asylum in Russia.

Assange blames Manning, Snowden for WikiLeaks Party chaos

Julian Assange on Thursday took responsibility for the resignation of a key candidate from his WikiLeaks Party running in Australian elections, blaming his focus on Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning. The fledgling party is in crisis after its number two candidate for the Australian Senate behind Assange, ethicist Leslie Cannold, said she was disillusioned with its lack of transparency and accountability and quit Wednesday.

Manning verdict a 'tactical victory': Wikileaks' Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Wednesday hailed the sentencing of the website's source Bradley Manning as a "significant tactical victory", saying the US soldier could serve as little as one-sixth of his 35-year jail term. In a statement issued from London where he has spent a year in the Ecuadoran embassy trying to avoid extradition to Sweden on sexual assault allegations, Assange said there would be "thousand more Bradley Mannings".

Australian WikiLeaks candidate quits

Julian Assange's Australian WikiLeaks Party was in crisis Wednesday after one of its most prominent candidates quit, saying she was disillusioned with its lack of democracy. Ethicist Leslie Cannold was the party's number two candidate for the Senate behind Assange. She would have likely taken his place in the upper house in the event the party was successful in the September 7 polls and its leader unable to return to Australia. "Even if I stop campaigning this minute, remaining in my role implicitly invites voters to trust The Wikileaks Party," Cannold said in a statement.

Assange denies Snowden interrogated in Russia

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has denied speculation that US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was interrogated by Russian authorities, telling Australian media they had "behaved well". Snowden, who is wanted by Washington on espionage charges linked to his disclosures about the secret details of US surveillance programmes, was granted asylum by Russia on August 1 after spending some five weeks at Moscow airport.

'Australian men don't tell' says Assange of Sweden sex case

Julian Assange says he will not publicly address Swedish sex allegations before his bid for office in Australia because "Australian men don't like to talk about their private lives". Assange, standing for election to the upper house in September 7 national polls, also said Australian men did not bad-mouth their lovers, when asked whether he would explain himself to voters on the sex crime claims that have seen him holed up in London's Ecuadoran embassy for more than a year.

Assange upbeat on chances in Australia poll

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Tuesday he had a good chance of winning election to Australia's upper house next month and pledged to give lawmakers a whistleblowing tool to report corruption. Assange, who is standing along with six other WikiLeaks Party candidates in the September 7 national poll, said his numbers were strong.

WikiLeaks' Assange condemns Manning verdict, Obama

By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange accused President Barack Obama of "national security extremism" on Tuesday after an American military judge convicted Bradley Manning over the biggest leak of classified documents in U.S. history.

Assange launches party to contest Australia polls

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Thursday officially launched his political party to contest Australian elections this year, saying a victory for this candidates would be akin to planting the country's "best investigative journalists" in the Senate. Assange, the Australian founder of the whistleblowing website, said the WikiLeaks Party would field seven candidates for upper house Senate seats in the states of New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.

Revenge of Assange as WikiLeaks helps US leaker

WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange has served the United States an ice-cold slice of revenge by aiding US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, as well as boosting the flagging profile of his own anti-secrecy website. The organisation says that it had a legal adviser on the plane Snowden is believed to have taken to Moscow from his bolthole in Hong Kong, and that it helped him seek asylum in Ecuador, in whose London embassy Assange has been staying for a year.
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