Professor John Keane from the University of Sydney recently spent an afternoon and evening inside the Ecuador Embassy in London with Julian Assange. This is an edited extract of his report on that interview, published in full this morning on The Conversation.
Tea and coffee arrive. We reach for the Tim Tams. Our conversation grows intense. For several years, Julian Assange tells me, he’s been intent on entering formal politics. A new WikiLeaks Party is soon to be launched.
He’s sure it will easily attract the minimum of 500 paid-up members required by law. The party will field candidates for the Senate, probably in several states. And, yes, Assange is certain to be among them, probably as a candidate in Victoria.
Assange bounces through the probable scenarios. Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa will be re-elected. This will ramp up pressure on the Swedish authorities, whose case against him is “falling apart”, with the two women plaintiffs looking for a way to extricate themselves from the protracted messy drama. If he wins a seat in the Senate, he says, the US Department of Justice won’t want to spark an international diplomatic row.
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