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Assange upbeat on chances in Oz poll

world Updated: Aug 07, 2013 01:53 IST

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Tuesday he has a good chance of winning election to Australia’s upper house and pledged to give lawmakers a whistleblowing tool to report corruption.

Assange, who is standing along with six other WikiLeaks Party candidates in the September 7 national poll, said his numbers were strong.

“We have polling over many polls now including the (ruling) ALP’s own polling company UMR showing that I have 25 to 28 percent of the voting intention — 40% of the voting intention for people under the age of 30,” Assange told Australia’s SBS television.

“That’s a really very significant result,” he added in an interview at the Ecuadoran embassy in London, where he has been holed up for more than a year.

Assange’s WikiLeaks Party has vowed to be an “independent scrutineer of government activity” on a range of issues including tax reform, asylum-seekers and climate change policy.