Assange is in the Ecuadorian embassy, seen here with the country's foreign minister Ricardo Pinto. Photo: Scanpix.

Assange launches political party

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has set up a political party that will contest senatorial elections in Australia this autumn.

Assange says that the party will field seven candidates in three states. According to the TT news agency, he will also be running for office in the state of Victoria, although he currently remains holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been for more than a year.

Swedish prosectors want Assange to face questioning for alleged sexual offences said to have taken place in Sweden in 2010.  

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