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Senate my ticket to freedom: Assange
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Canberra, February 19, 2013
First Published: 00:07 IST(19/2/2013)
Last Updated: 00:08 IST(19/2/2013)

Julian Assange has told a news website that his bid to become an Australian senator will serve as a defence against potential criminal prosecution in the US and Britain.

If he were to win a Senate seat at elections on September 24, Assange said, the US department of justice would drop its espionage probe rather than risk a diplomatic row.

The UK government would follow suit otherwise “the political costs of the current standoff will be higher still,” he said. GNS


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