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Report: Assange sees legal defense in politics

5:16 PM, Feb 17, 2013   |    comments
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange addresses members of the media and supporters from the window of the Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge, west London on December 20, 2012. WikiLeaks will release one million documents next year affecting every country in the world, founder Julian Assange said in a speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London. In a 'Christmas message' marking six months since he sought asylum in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden over claims of rape and sex
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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - A news website says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange regards his bid to become an Australian senator as a defense 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 wins a Senate seat at elections on Sept. 24, Assange told the website in an article published on Monday that the U.S. Department of Justice would drop its espionage investigation rather than risk a diplomatic row.

Assange told the website that the British government would follow suit, otherwise "the political costs of the current standoff will be higher still."

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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