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Assange believes freedom lies in winning Australian senate seat

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange addresses members of the media and supporters from the window of the Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge, west London, December 20, 2012.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange believes that he can extricate from his prolonged asylum inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London if he wins a seat in Australia’s upper house of parliament.

“The US Department of Justice won’t want to spark an international diplomatic row,” in case he manages to take a senate seat in the September 2013, Assange told the Australian website, the Conversation on Monday.

If Britain failed to back off, “the political costs of the current standoff will be higher still,” he said.

The Australian activist referred to the sexual abuse allegations leveled against him in Sweden, saying the allegations were “falling apart.”

Assange has been holed up in the embassy and has secured political asylum from Ecuador after he lost a legal battle on June 19 against extradition to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning over the sexual abuse allegations.

The Wikileaks founder fears that the Swedish government would allow his extradition to the United States over the release of thousands of US’ classified documents on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on his website.

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has called on the European countries to find a diplomatic solution for the activist.


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