long-distance candidacy

Julian Assange Could Be ‘Competitive’ Australian Senate Candidate

He's sought by the law, and seeking election.
(Jose Mesa)

(Jose Mesa.)

You might think that a person wanted for extradition by one or more countries would make a problematic political candidate—if not for the stigma that comes from being a wanted person, at least because it would presumably be difficult to turn out the vote from a remote location.

Unless, of course, you’re Julian Assange. According to The Age, the WikiLeaks founder has confirmed his intention to mount a campaign for the Australian senate, despite his current confinement in Ecuador’s London embassy, where he’s spent the last six months avoiding extradition on to Sweden (from where it’s generally presumed, the United States would seek to extradite him).

What’s more, it sounds like he has a reasonable chance to win. According to The Age:

Opinion polls this year by UMR Research, the company the Labor Party uses for its internal polling, have suggested that Mr Assange could be a competitive Senate candidate in either NSW or Victoria, most likely fighting it out with the Australian Greens for the last of six seats up for grabs in each state in a half-Senate election.

For the moment, Mr. Assange is unable to leave the Ecuador assembly, meaning that if he did gain office, another nominee from the WikiLeaks Party (yes, that’s in the works too) would take his place.
We suppose the political realities for outlaw heroes are a bit different in former outlaw nations.
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