Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Assange to Run for Australian Senate
Julian Assange has apparently been keeping busy while under house arrest for sexual-assault allegations. The WikiLeaks founder plans to run for a seat in the Australian Senate next year, as he anticipates a British court to waive his appeal against extradition to Sweden for the charges. Assange, an Australian citizen, has vehemently denied the allegations, saying they’re targeted at his whistleblowing website. WikiLeaks maintains Assange’s current legal situation won’t automatically disqualify him for a run in politics. Meanwhile, the Australian government has previously condemned the website as “grossly irresponsible” for leaking thousands of confidential U.S. documents.