Assange upbeat on chances in Australia poll
SYDNEY (AFP) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on 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.
Mr Assange, who is standing along with six other WikiLeaks Party candidates in the Sept 7 national poll, said his numbers were strong.
"... Many polls now including the (ruling) ALP's own polling company UMR showing that I have 25 to 28 per cent of the voting intention - 40 per cent of the voting intention for people under the age of 30," he 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.