The 40-year-old Australian citizen has taken his legal battle against extradition all the way to Britain’s supreme court, which is expected to rule on his case soon.
“We have discovered that it is possible for Julian Assange to run for the Australian senate while detained. Julian has decided to run,” WikiLeaks announced on Twitter.
Assange has criticised Australian prime minister Julia Gillard’s centre-left government for not standing up for him in the wake of WikiLeaks’ release of hundreds of thousands of classified US embassy cables in 2010.
Australian police have concluded that WikiLeaks and Assange did not break any Australian laws by publishing the cables, although Gillard has condemned the action as “grossly irresponsible”.