Julian Assange has filed a formal application to run for Australian Senate. He will run for the Senate in Victoria at the September 14 federal election as the lead candidate of the WikiLeaks Party.
Acting on his behalf, supporters filed the application to the Australian Electoral Commission in Melbourne on Tuesday.
Australian law states that non-residents are eligible to run for up to three years after they leave the country.
Assange was granted asylum and is currently living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, under the near constant surveillance of the Met Police.
He is protected from extradition to Sweden under the Vienna Convention, but should he leave the Embassy police are most likely to hand him over to Swedish authorities. Assange fears being sent from Sweden to the United States where officials want to question him about his role in leaking thousands of U.S. documents.