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Assange Stands 'Real Chance' of Election In Australia

timothy posted about 2 years ago | from the good-hair-party dept.

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Okian Warrior writes "Various new sources are reporting the results of a recent Labor Party poll, indicating that Julian Assange would be elected to the Australian senate, should he choose to run. From the Sun Daily article: 'Controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stands a real chance of winning an upper house seat in his native Australia if he presses ahead with plans to stand for election, a poll showed Saturday. A survey conducted by the ruling Labor party's internal pollsters UMR Research and published in the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper showed 25 percent of those polled would vote for the whistleblowing website chief.'"

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What a story Mark (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40057997)

Unban Ethanol-fueled

Re:What a story Mark (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058809)

Yeah, ethanol-fuelds should be paid to post here.

Back on topic: Australia was founded by criminals, so a rapist like Julian Ass Engage is a slam dunk.

Re:What a story Mark (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40059335)

Back on topic: No it wasn't. About a hundred thousand petty criminals were sent to Australia after the British found they couldn't send them to the US anymore due to the troubles they had there with the French.

Dickhead.

Bahahaha (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058007)

I'm sure the Greenunists will love having to compete against the guy for the same bunch of tards.

If Julian Assange gets elected (4, Interesting)

FudRucker (866063) | about 2 years ago | (#40058017)

i will sell everything i own and move to australia because it is the last western nation with a little redemption left in it

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058049)

Australia is a fantastic place too. If you haven't been to Sydney, you should.

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (0, Troll)

macraig (621737) | about 2 years ago | (#40058111)

OTOH, if it treats its citizens like it treats the koalas (q.v. recent PBS Nature episode) and aborigines and rainforest, maybe it's not that great. Only 15 million people and all that real estate, and still they manage to screw up the best parts.

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058195)

Treat, present tense? Because they treat those goddamn boongs like royalty here.

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058437)

Treat, present tense? Because they treat those goddamn boongs like royalty here.

If you watched the Nature episode, you would know the OP was talking about the destruction of koala habit (for suburban development, of all things) along with crapping all over aboriginal treaty rights and chopping down rainforest.

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40059349)

However a documentary that can't even get the population of a continent correct is possibly not especially factual?

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (4, Informative)

dwywit (1109409) | about 2 years ago | (#40059435)

Um, the aboriginal people of Australia, to the best of my knowledge, have never had a treaty with the crown. So there are no such things as "aboriginal treaty rights". Sure, successive governments, their bureaucracies, farmers/squatters, rednecks, and others have trampled all over aboriginal people and their traditions, beliefs, and moral rights - but there's never been a treaty to break. The maori people of New Zealand have a treaty, but not the aboriginals of Australia.

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (1)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | about 2 years ago | (#40058419)

WTF are you banging on about?

Total non sequitur.

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (-1, Troll)

macraig (621737) | about 2 years ago | (#40059305)

Sorry you have to hear about what your own government and land developers are doing from somebody outside your borders. Happens to us, too (i.e. reporting on Iraq Wars I & II)

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058579)

They followed the us model of manifest destiny towards the natives and wildlife/environment

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (1)

macraig (621737) | about 2 years ago | (#40059307)

Indeed. They've unfortunately aped quite a few of our mistakes instead of learning from them. We had Bush, they had John Howard....

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (1)

Dexter Herbivore (1322345) | about 2 years ago | (#40058589)

Could you please elucidate the exact claims of 'PBS'? 15 million people as a total of Australian population would place those claims at appromiximately 1989. Perhaps Australians should blame everything you say now on Reagan/G Bush (the early one)?

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (2)

Dexter Herbivore (1322345) | about 2 years ago | (#40058597)

approximately... dammit. Unless we're talking about an insult to rabbits and mixamitosis... or ximatoWTF if I'm dyslexic.

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (1)

Dexter Herbivore (1322345) | about 2 years ago | (#40058605)

Myxomatosis... I give up. It's late here in Australia, I vainly hope for some forgiveness. Iknew that looked wrong, even for a sydlexic... err, dyspepsic. Whatever.

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (1)

tqk (413719) | about 2 years ago | (#40059183)

Myxomatosis... I give up. It's late here in Australia, I vainly hope for some forgiveness.

Why are we talking about rabbit viral diseases again? And why hope for forgiveness when we can forget? :-)

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (1)

macraig (621737) | about 2 years ago | (#40059341)

And why hope for forgiveness when we can forget?

Now you sound like a Russian expatriate.

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (1)

tqk (413719) | about 2 years ago | (#40059151)

... appromiximately ...

approximately... dammit. Unless we're talking about an insult to rabbits and mixamitosis... or ximatoWTF if I'm dyslexic.

Slydexic? I find you strangely entertaining, but perhaps I should report for inspection. Carry on.

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (1)

macraig (621737) | about 2 years ago | (#40059315)

The population figure I pulled out of my own out-of-date mental atlas. The Nature program probably made no mention of it.

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (1)

Njovich (553857) | about 2 years ago | (#40058773)

if it treats its citizens like it treats the koalas

Hehe, if the US treats its citizens the way it treats pigs, I wouldn't want to live there either :-p.

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40059001)

Do Australians eat koalas?? 0_O

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (1)

johnsnails (1715452) | about 2 years ago | (#40059243)

Yes! Cooked correctly it taste a mixture between roasted platapus belly and echidna offal. yummy

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (2)

macraig (621737) | about 2 years ago | (#40059371)

Speaking of offal, it was an unpleasant discovery that koala young for a period eat their mother's poop to acquire the digestive flora to handle those awful gum leaves. What a nice visual that was....

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (1)

macraig (621737) | about 2 years ago | (#40059353)

It does. Actually, the pigs get it better: they get the release of death, while the human livestock are kept alive and bled dry slowly. Where do ya think they got the idea for Guantanamo?

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40059381)

bwahahahhaha....... another jealous American.

You just want to be us........and so it's all just sour grapes.

Australia has the best government, society and economy in the world, by far.

You just mind your own business in your country of fat, drug addicted, unemployed, psychotic and stupid murderers and shut your mouth. You're a Third World country now in everything except name.

Australia and Australians are exceptional, you would do well to watch us and learn how to make a proper society, instead of that dysfunctional shithole you've created for yourselves over there.

Now get back to work boy, Wal-Mart isn't paying you $7/hr for you to jack off all day on the internet.

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (2)

macraig (621737) | about 2 years ago | (#40058081)

It also has a much hotter head honcho than the U.S., so if you're nursing fantasies about being a national leader's plaything you could do worse.

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (2)

macraig (621737) | about 2 years ago | (#40058097)

I hear Bill Clinton wants to move there and run for office.

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (5, Funny)

Gadget_Guy (627405) | about 2 years ago | (#40059329)

I hear Bill Clinton wants to move there and run for office.

It wouldn't work, I'm afraid. He would have to be an Australian citizen to stand for office, and I have heard that Bill Clinton was actually born in Kenya.

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058243)

How about a former Vice Presidential candidate instead? Sarah Palin was a VPCILF.
Wink for me! Yes! Now say, "You Betcha"!

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058101)

He's already been charged with sexual assault so there's another requirement for political life met. Just needs a DUI and a domestic assault for the trifecta.

Seriously though i realize those charges were all fabricated bullshit. It's likely that being framed gives him more cred with his would-be constituents.

If I voted I would vote for him.

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (1)

reub2000 (705806) | about 2 years ago | (#40058223)

Uh, here your supposed to wait until after getting elected to start your misdemeanor spree. I guess you guys live in upsidedown land.

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058755)

I didn't know there was an upper and lower limit to space.

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (4, Informative)

njen (859685) | about 2 years ago | (#40058247)

Actually, he hasn't been officially charged yet.

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (4, Funny)

Ihmhi (1206036) | about 2 years ago | (#40058171)

I'm just concerned an "Australian" kangaroo will "spontaneously" explode in some American city, and then before the ink on the infrastructure rebuilding contracts is dry we'll be flying upside-down C-130s and invading down under to "liberate" them from a "terrorist atheist criminal dictator".

Man, the fucked up thing is that the Australians aren't even the most dangerous thing on the continent. We'll probably lose a couple hundred guys just to the local wildlife.

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (1)

ediron2 (246908) | about 2 years ago | (#40059153)

I LOL'd. A friend from up here in the wild west of USA that now lives in Brisbane constantly reminds me of this: we have Grizzly bears (Yey us, we win on large omnivores), a couple kinds of biting flies, mosquitoes (but no malaria), hobo spiders and rattlesnakes (who rattle to warn you away; some call them the gentlemen of the desert). You have god knows how many distinct species of dangerous snakes, spiders, flies, lizards, sting rays, crocodiles, various invertebrate seaborne killers, bugs, spiders, and I'm guessing the occasional dingo and tazmanian devil.

Which reminds me -- we have wolverines. A very few at best. That are reclusive. So reclusive that many don't believe they still exist in the lower 48.

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40059289)

"terrorist atheist criminal dictator"

Julia Gillard [wikipedia.org] is actually an atheist - and a woman, although that may be less scary. (I suspect the US will have a female president well before it has an atheist one.)

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (3, Interesting)

Asic Eng (193332) | about 2 years ago | (#40058275)

Well, Germany now has the Pirate party represented in it's fourth state parliament (Berlin: 15 seats, Saarland 4 seats, North_Rhine-Westphaliav 20 seats, Schleswig-Holstein 6 seats). They are polling at 11% for the federal elections.

One senate seat doesn't seem like all that much...

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (0)

tqk (413719) | about 2 years ago | (#40058475)

One senate seat doesn't seem like all that much...

This is a country that was settled by criminals as a prison colony. Just imagine Assange as Prime Minister! The US' and UK's head would explode. China and India and Pakistan would have a conniption fit. Damn, that would be entertaining!

Go Julian! :-)

It'd also be very entertaining to see the US Marines go up against the local wildlife. Australia has more poisonous critters than anywhere else on the planet. Not that I wish bad things to happen to the Marines (I like 'em), but still funny as hell to imagine it.

Yo Mick! Que pasa? "That's not a knife ..."

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (2)

qbast (1265706) | about 2 years ago | (#40058559)

Don't forget dropbears. They are really nasty.

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (1)

tqk (413719) | about 2 years ago | (#40058619)

Don't forget dropbears.

You're making that up, I hope. [urbandictionary.com]

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (1)

qbast (1265706) | about 2 years ago | (#40058647)

That whoosh you heard was not sound of dropbear attack.

Re:If Julian Assange gets elected (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40059361)

You never hear the dropbear that gets you!

Ouch (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058073)

This is just more evidence that Australia is batshit insane. You have to expect this from the inbred descendants of criminals.

Re:Ouch (3, Insightful)

BatGnat (1568391) | about 2 years ago | (#40058555)

Residents of the U.S.A. elected George W. Bush; how could he be worse than that....

And you call us 'batshit insane'?

Re:Ouch (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058973)

Qualifications to lead:

"Re-posted a bunch of private messages online to a website. Raped a couple girls. Seemingly psychotic. Don't even live in the country."

"Internal Poll" (3, Insightful)

DesScorp (410532) | about 2 years ago | (#40058079)

Because they'd never lie about his chances in an attempt to drum up support. Oh no, that would never happen.

Re:"Internal Poll" (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058303)

Shut the fuck up you stinking mile high pile of shit.

Re:"Internal Poll" (1)

tqk (413719) | about 2 years ago | (#40058489)

Shut the fuck up you stinking mile high pile of shit.

Guffaw! Really. :-)

Re:"Internal Poll" (1)

tomhath (637240) | about 2 years ago | (#40058341)

Because they'd never lie about his chances

I'd love to see internal memos revealing that leaked to the press.

Re:"Internal Poll" (2)

bloodhawk (813939) | about 2 years ago | (#40059337)

At the moment a maggot invested week old corpse of a Kangaroo could poll better than the labor party so that really is hardly a suprise. For that matter a maggot infested dead Kangaroo probably would smell better than the labor party too.

Immunity (5, Interesting)

koekebakker (1296563) | about 2 years ago | (#40058125)

Would this grant him political immunity? ;-)

Re:Immunity (3, Interesting)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about 2 years ago | (#40058267)

Sad really when you think about it. Citizen Assange can be set up, framed and generally gone after with impunity. Politician Assange, dearie me no, he's important! Might cause an international incident!

The system is so broken.

Re:Immunity (1)

tqk (413719) | about 2 years ago | (#40058535)

The system is so broken.

Agreed.

So, if that's the way it works these days, let's break it again! Get into the spirit of things. Welcome to the 21st Century. Nihilists on every street corner and poisonous critters infesting our dreams.

What a world this is. :-| You people (not you personally) just keep on astonishing me. "Don't. Stop! No. Don't stop!!!"

Re:Immunity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058551)

I don't know about other countries but at least in germany the hurdles for lifting immunities are very low and are granted almost automatically. Just a couple of months ago the responsible parlimentary commitee lifted the immunity of the (now former) federal president for prosecution in a favours scandal.

Re:Immunity (1)

peragrin (659227) | about 2 years ago | (#40059157)

he should have gone for a us government seat. he already has the womanizing ways. he would fit right in as a state governor.

Re:Immunity (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058531)

From rape charges, probably not.

Re:Immunity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40059035)

the word "rape" is an unclear generalization. For the kind of sexual boorishness he is accused of in Sweden, the punishment in Sweden is approx. 75 euro fine IIRC. In other (less feminist/egalitarian) countries, it probably would not be enough to accuse him and confront him with the law.
If I recall correctly: with the first woman, they had sex once, they fell asleep, he woke up, proceeded to have sex with her again without asking her first. with the other woman, they had sex and the condom broke. then the women found out about each other and sued his pants off.
Don't misunderstand me, I think he's guilty, and deserves to be punished with the full force of the law, and more: not just pay 75 euro to Swedish government, but also be forced to apologize to both women for being such a "player" and not telling them about the other one.
And then it all went ..weird.. with this extradition stuff etc. etc.
now on Slashdot all I read is: rapist rapist rapist, instead of: if you go out with him, DON'T go to bed with him, he's an arrogant asshole and a player!

Re:Immunity (0)

BlueStrat (756137) | about 2 years ago | (#40059259)

now on Slashdot all I read is: rapist rapist rapist, instead of: if you go out with him, DON'T go to bed with him, he's an arrogant asshole and a player!

So, "don't hate the player, hate the US State Dept."? :P

Strat

Re:Immunity (1)

tqk (413719) | about 2 years ago | (#40059285)

Don't misunderstand me, I think he's guilty ...

I don't. I think it's all BS. The original prosecutor dropped it. Then another (more political) one picked it up again, and there you are.

Was it consensual sex? Yes. Were they forced into bed with him? No. Are condoms unbreakable? No. Is he a pariah in the eyes of some powerful nations' governments? Yes. Were he just some ordinary, run of the mill guy, would this be happening to him? Crucify him!

It's BS.

Re:Immunity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058567)

I doubt his diplomatic immunity would erase what happened in regards to the Wikileaks. Thankfully!

Re:Immunity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058975)

nope, they'll go after him even if technically he did nothing wrong

as an example, look up 'Craig Thompson' which is happening right now
accussed of abusing his position by using his union supplied and funded credit card for his own personal benefit (hookers, food, gifts, etc) when he was head of a union (prior to his foray into politics)
he's been "suspended" from the political party he was affiliated with
(ie. shit's about to hit the fan. don't say he's with us)

according to the rules of the union, there's actually nothing that says he couldn't do that
it's more that it's unethical that he's being dragged over the hot coals for it

Government allegiance & perception of independ (2)

poity (465672) | about 2 years ago | (#40058133)

If he becomes part of the Australia gov, then future Wikileaks exposés on governments that are Australia's economic/geopolitical competitors would be more easily called into question. Releases on China, Japan, NZ, Indonesia, even the US, would at the outset be accused of having pro-Australian political motivations behind them.

Re:Government allegiance & perception of indep (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058287)

As compared to the current anti-American political motivations behind Wikileaks exposés?
If he's such a champion of truth, why doesn't he take on Russia or China?

Re:Government allegiance & perception of indep (4, Informative)

Sique (173459) | about 2 years ago | (#40058451)

Because WikiLeaks can only publish material it gets. If they don't get material about Russia and China, they can't publish it. WikiLeaks doesn't actively go for material, they just offer a platform to publish it.
If you want something about Russia and China published on WikiLeaks, go, get the stuff and publish it!

Re:Government allegiance & perception of indep (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058483)

One corrupt super-power at a time, big fella.

Re:Government allegiance & perception of indep (1)

LurkerXXX (667952) | about 2 years ago | (#40058515)

Perhaps because no one from Russia or China is sending him leaked documents?

Re:Government allegiance & perception of indep (1, Troll)

cavreader (1903280) | about 2 years ago | (#40058683)

He would never release anything meaningful from Russia or China. Russia and China would have no problems just killing him if he released anything they considered state secrets. As it stands now the US has not did anything to him. If the US wanted him dead or in US custody he would be. The man has an agenda and frankly is just a plain weirdo based on his behavior when he was negotiating with other news outlets like the BBC or New York Times. His tries to stage manage the release of data to support his own agenda. He also claims to "own" the data and requested payment from others before he would give them access. Wiki leaks and similar companies serve as a place where people can submit information while preserving their identities. Any data they get their hands on should be released in whole without any commentary or political manipulation. Release the data and let the general public draw their own conclusions. There is a reason a majority of key people quit working for him because of his behavior and policies.

Re:Government allegiance & perception of indep (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40059061)

Key people like Daniel Domscheit-Berg that claimed to be a programmer and wikileaks architect even thought he's never wrote a single line of code? Who else is in this "majority of key people"?

Re:Government allegiance & perception of indep (1)

tqk (413719) | about 2 years ago | (#40059333)

Release the data and let the general public draw their own conclusions.

Like to the New York Times, The Guardian, and der Spiegel? Oh, he did! Huh.

Oh really? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058145)

So how long before OpenLeaks posts the real poll results?

Re:Oh really? (1)

Sique (173459) | about 2 years ago | (#40058541)

What's so special about poll results? They are just an attempt do understand the current opinion. They don't have any legal implications. If there was a real election, and the real results were hidden and the election faked, then there would be something to publish. But a poll? Seriously? If you don't believe the results, ask the next polling institute and get your own.

It's a trap! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058151)

Australias puppet government is controlled by the US - if Assange goes back there he is on the next plane to gitmo.

Re:It's a trap! (1)

GNious (953874) | about 2 years ago | (#40058329)

According to articles online, he doesn't have to go back there to be in the election ... and judging from politicians here (Europe), he might not have to show up AFTER being elected.

Re:It's a trap! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058879)

It would certainly be entertaining if he used his salary as a Senator to fund Wikileaks... Using the Australian taxpayers to circumvent the blockade would be a pretty sweet system hack.

It's A Trap, Period. How stupid does obummer ... (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058181)

... think Assange is?

Australia? The county that plans to sell out its sovereignty to the us by blindly allowing extradition of its own citizens to the us for doing things in Australia that are legal in Australia but against the us farce of "law" without even being charged and given due process in Australia?

It's a fucking american 3-letter supercop agency trap, period.

I hope Assange is smart enough (and not vein enough) to fall for that fucking Acme trap.

CORRECTION (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058447)

I hope Assange is smart enough (and not vein enough) to fall for that fucking Acme trap.

CORRECTION:

I meant:

I hope Assange is smart enough NOT to fall for that fucking Acme trap and doesn't let his vanity (which is what Wile E Obummer and the Keystone Cops are counting on) cloud his judgement.

Whoever modded my correction down: FOAD asshat! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058871)

(Maybe the little pissy-pants who modded my correction down (how the fuck can you be fucking stupid enough to mod an AC correction down?) has buggered back to dipshitdom, so I'll say it again):

CORRECTION:

I meant:

I hope Assange is smart enough NOT to fall for that fucking Acme trap and doesn't let his vanity (which is what Wile E Obummer and the Keystone Cops are counting on) cloud his judgement.

Addendum:

Then again, Assange is not american, so he probably has an uncorrupted brain.

Hard Time Serving (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058343)

He would have a very hard time serving in office from his cell at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Honeypot Telepresence Robot Candidate? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058365)

After Michael Moore got a Phycus Tree elected in the US, a few years ago - and showed how much apathy and neighbourhood-playground-level strong-arming goes on unabashedly.

Why not a Telepresence Surrogate Robot Avatar Candidacy by Assange, in Australia? The proposition is too much of a Honeypot to be accepted as-is. And a physical presence might be too dangerous, honeypot-wise, in the original mataphorical use of the term. He would then only have to worry about hacking attempts into his robotic surrogate avatar. I'm sure the nerdworld could open-source it? It could then be used for tele-aid - in places where real doctors and nurses get threatened, beaten, bombed and shot up too often. Online watchdogging could be improvised, to make sure no misuse or hijacking went on. Heck, volunteer medstaff could pitch in collective huddles. And students could watch. Satellites. Dronedrops of medicine and clean bandages. The works. A pity some relevant international org, like WHO?, is too mired in outdated burocracy to even consider the option.

Technology is useless, unless used for good, by all.

Here comes the begging for campaign donations (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058425)

None of which will be spent on ads, billboards, brochures, or anything with a paper trail. But that's ok: what's good for Assange is good for everybody!

Well, Duh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058507)

A narcissistic parasite that loves publicity and preying on young women, politics is his natural home.

I Hope they would make him... (1)

BatGnat (1568391) | about 2 years ago | (#40058543)

I Hope they would make him Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Fuck you U.S.A.; Diplomatic immunity.

I know it would never happen, not even sure if that position has Immunity. Leave me with my dreams....

I dont think so.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058571)

from memory he has a criminal record for hacking in Australia yeah?
you cant be in parlment with a criminal record...

Re:I dont think so.. (3, Funny)

sco08y (615665) | about 2 years ago | (#40058875)

from memory he has a criminal record for hacking in Australia yeah?
you cant be in parlment with a criminal record...

Nope, only a handful of convictions [aph.gov.au] (treason, bribery, etc.) are disqualifiers from Oz parliament. His main problem would be he'd have to renounce any dual citizenship.

If they do vote him in, the beauty of democracy is that it thoroughly rewards masochistic voters.

Incomplete point there... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40058721)

The Australian Labour Party is hugely unpopular (the Greens even moreso), and likely to be completely annihilated in the next election. Assuming he could actually win a riding, Assange would be a powerless member of a small minority party (which is still far too much power for such an egomaniac).

Bad (1)

Smiddi (1241326) | about 2 years ago | (#40059023)

This story just highlights not how good Assange is (as he has done virtually nothing to win) but just how bad the people are who are running against him.

Re:Bad (1)

maglor_83 (856254) | about 2 years ago | (#40059055)

No, it highlights how Australians will vote for a name they know. We'd probably vote in Hitler if he stood for election, simply because that's the only name on the ballot we recognise.

What is the world coming too (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40059083)

What is this world coming too? We are electing shit to office. In the US you have criminals running / getting elected for office. Other free countries are doing the same. Now Australia wants to elect a straight up attention whore to office.

The world should collectively facepalm today.

If he can get his name on the NSW senate ticket (1)

barv (1382797) | about 2 years ago | (#40059227)

Then I would vote for him!

As for the rape charges.. To me it's not "rape" to
1) initiate sex with a sleeping sex partner or
2) to not notice that a condom broke.

The first Swedish prosecutor apparently refused to prosecute. Then an ambitious prosecutor, inferring perhaps that Hillary was a premium victim of Assange, realized that a horrendous crime had been committed.

Can't blame the Swedes. They probably have no power to restrain their (probably independent) prosecutors.

Good. Just what he's cut out for. (1)

ScentCone (795499) | about 2 years ago | (#40059229)

There couldn't be a more appropriate job for a unctuous, hyper-vain, womanizing publicity whore who's always looking for other people to fund what he wants to do.

And more importantly, he'll have a first-hand chance to see - behind the scenes - exactly why some government communication has to be kept out of public view. Everyone who gets elected to such positions gets a big fat wake-up call about security matters they used to blow off as irrelevent.

Assange for Senate! (1)

DaKong (150846) | about 2 years ago | (#40059325)

I'm not Australian, but I'd vote for him if I were.

Why is it that this guy can be a serious candidate for the Australian Senate and the Pirate Party can win seats in European Parliaments, but we can't even get f-ing single payer health care in the United States?

The world really needs Democracy 2.0, badly. This autocracy/oligarchy/crony capitalism thinly disguised as democracy crap has got to go. We need a system were the sociopaths who currently comprise our "leaders" are expressly barred from any position, of any power, ever.

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