Australian WikiLeaks Party candidate quits, citing disillusion with its lack of democracy
SYDNEY (AFP) - Julian Assange's Australian WikiLeaks Party was in crisis on Wednesday after one of its most prominent candidates quit, saying she was disillusioned with its lack of democracy.
Ethicist Leslie Cannold was the party's number two candidate for the Senate behind Mr Assange. She would have likely taken his place in the upper house in the event the party was successful in the September 7 polls and its leader unable to return to Australia.
"Even if I stop campaigning this minute, remaining in my role implicitly invites voters to trust The Wikileaks Party," Ms Cannold said in a statement.
"By staying in this role I am implicitly vouching for the worthiness of this party to receive the votes of the Australian people. I can no longer do this because I no longer believe it is true, and so I must resign."