WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's plans to capture a seat at Australia's Sept. 7 elections were in disarray on Thursday after his top local candidate quit due to an internal fight over party organization.
Assange, who remains holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, accepted responsibility for the divisions, saying he had been too busy helping fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who has been granted temporary asylum in Russia.
"I made a decision two months ago to spend a lot of my time on dealing with the Edward Snowden asylum situation, and trying to save the life of a young man. The result is over delegation," Assange told Australian television on Thursday.
"I admit and I accept full responsibility for over delegating functions to the Australian party while I try to take care of that situation."