WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has announced that he is planning to run for a seat in the Australian Senate even though he is under house arrest in the United Kingdom.
Assange is eligible to run for the election. He will run against Prime Minister Julia Gillard in her seat of Lalor in the next election, according to WikiLeaks.
"We have discovered that it is possible for Julian Assange to run for the Australian Senate while detained," WikiLeaks tweeted.
Earlier, the Australian government had blasted WikiLeaks, with Gillard describing its release of U.S. diplomatic cables as "grossly irresponsible".
The Gillard government ordered Australian police to investigate whether WikiLeaks had broken Australian law, but they reported back in 2010 that it had not broken any under their jurisdiction in releasing the cables, according to the Telegraph.