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Julian Assange: ‘Should I run in the UK general election?’

As world reacts to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to schedule a snap election for June, the fallout has brought some wild characters out of the woodwork.

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Published Apr 19, 2017   Updated May 24, 2021, 5:02 pm CDT

As the world reacts to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to schedule a snap election for June, the fallout has brought some wild characters out of the woodwork. None more so than Julian Assange, who asked his Twitter followers: “Should I run in the UK general election? The government has detained me without charge for seven years.”

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The four options may reveal more about Assange’s thinking than anything else. The 45-year-old Australian founder of WikiLeaks has lived at the Ecuadorian embassy in London under protection of political asylum since 2012.

“Yes. Do it! That’d be fun.”

“Yes, mock them globally.”

“No. Really US + EU fault.”

“No. Way bigger fish.”

Over 6,600 votes have been cast, and some Twitter users are calling BS, pointing out that Assange is ineligible to vote, not to mention run:

Other users provided snarky additional options for his poll:

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https://twitter.com/LeightonEarly/status/854620974100221952

https://twitter.com/BettyEC91/status/854707677376786433

A number of Twitter users fact-checked his “detention”:

https://twitter.com/AlexMLeo/status/854676908025446400

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https://twitter.com/mikeyfranklin/status/854762682418954242

While still others provided sound considerations:

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The upcoming British elections were already of front-page importance, but with Assange as an additional wild card, it’s going to be doubly interesting.

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*First Published: Apr 19, 2017, 4:18 pm CDT