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WikiLeaks founder says election to Australia's upper house would prompt US and Sweden to drop their cases against him
Associated Press in Canberra
Sunday 17 February 2013 22.33 EST

The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has told an Australian news website that his bid to become an Australian senator will serve as a defence against potential criminal prosecution in the United States and Britain

Assange spoke to the Conversation website at the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he was granted asylum in June to avoid extradition to Sweden on sex crime allegations.

If he were to win a Senate seat at elections on 24 September, Assange told the website, the US department of justice would drop its espionage investigation rather than risk a diplomatic row. The British government would follow suit otherwise "the political costs of the current standoff will be higher still", Assange said ...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2013/feb/18/julian-assange-wikileaks-senate-victory

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