Wikileaks founder and political refugee Julian Assange has been chastised by Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa for mocking Australian politicians — in a bizarre music video shot inside his place of refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy.
The video was produced by a Melbourne-based comedy group and has been viewed more than 460,000 times since it was posted to Youtube last week. It features actors playing Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Opposition Leader Tony Abbot and former prime minister Julia Gillard.
But the most bizarre part of the video is when Assange appears wearing a blonde mullet-type wig, lip-syncing a parody of John Farnham’s “You’re the Voice.”
“We have sent him a letter. He can campaign politically, but without making fun of Australian politicians. We are not going to allow that,” Correa said in a statement.
Assange is running for a Senate seat in the upcoming Australian election despite being a political refugee holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy.
“The rules of asylum in principle forbid meddling in the politics of the country that grants asylum,” Correa added.
Assange took refuge in London’s Ecuadorean embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted to for questioning in sexual assault allegations.
Watch the video below. Assange’s segment appears at about 3:30.