WikiLeaks party launched by Julian Assange to contest Australia polls
Julian Assange (42), an Australian citizen and founder of WikiLeaks has launched his Australian political party WikiLeaks via a video link from the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The party was created in part to support Julian Assange’s bid for a Senate seat in Australia in the 2013 election.
The Constitution of the WikiLeaks Party lists its objectives which include the protection of human rights and freedoms; transparency of governmental and corporate action, policy and information; recognition of the need for equality between generations; and support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination.
Who is Julian Assange?
Julian Assange was born in Townsville, Queensland and is a sixth-generation Australian. Assange is an Australian editor, activist, political talk show host, computer programmer, publisher and a journalist. He is famous as editor-in-chief and founder of Wikileaks.
What is WikiLeaks?
- It is a media website which is an international, self-described, not-for-profit organization publishing submissions of private, secret, and classified media from anonymous news sources, news leaks, and whistle-blowers.
- It made grabbed international attention when it released some of the confidential information of the US linked to Afghanistan war including equipment expenditure and holdings.
- In 2010 it revealed U.S. State department diplomatic cables.
Why Sweden wants to extradite Julian Assange?
Sweden alleged Assange of committing molestation of two women during his visit to the country. A European Arrest Warrant and an Interpol red notice was released against him. He is currently hiding in British Embassy. His request to Britain for political asylum was denied. Recently, Ecuador has granted political asylum to Assange which has resulted into a stand-off between the two countries.
Why Assange wants to contest poll?
- Assange will be a candidate for a Victorian seat in the Australian governing body in the national elections later this year.
- The WikiLeaks Party will focus on seven fields among them academics; journalists and human rights activists will be included.
- Assange aims to field candidates from New South Wales and Western Australia. The party’s main agenda is to make sure that the government in power does their job and thereby scrutinizing the government’s activity.
- WikiLeaks Party’s major values of transparency, accountability and justice will help them examine any crucial issues for Australians: tax reform, asylum seekers, climate change policy and other fields.
Month: Current Affairs - July, 2013