Pamela Anderson visits Assange in prison
British police arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the embassy in April after Ecuador withdrew his asylum after seven years.
LONDON - Former Baywatch star and now animal rights campaigner Pamela Anderson spoke emotionally after meeting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a London prison on Tuesday, warning that his life was in danger.
“It’s been very difficult to see Julian here and to make our way through the prison to get to him was quite shocking,” said Anderson, who visited Assange several times when he lived as a fugitive inside Ecuador’s embassy.
“He’s a good man, he’s an incredible person. I love him. I can’t imagine what he has been going through,” the US actress and former Playboy model said outside Belmarsh prison, wearing a large cape with slogans calling for the defence of free speech.
“We need to save his life. That’s how serious it is,” she said, adding: "We just have to keep fighting because it’s unfair. He’s sacrificed so much to bring the truth out."
Anderson, who lives in France, starred in the hit US series Baywatch and is now a prominent animal rights activist.
British police arrested Assange at the embassy in April after Ecuador withdrew his asylum after seven years.
He had sought refuge there to escape extradition to Sweden where he had been accused of rape and sexual assault.
Assange is now serving out a 50-week sentence for jumping bail and is contesting an extradition request from the United States where he is wanted for hacking.
WikiLeaks published hundreds of thousands of classified documents exposing US military wrongdoing in the Iraq war and diplomatic secrets about scores of countries.
WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson, who visited the prison with Anderson, said: “Julian Assange is bent but not broken. He’s an extremely resilient person.
“I want you to think about the fact that such resilience usually comes from the fact that he knows that he is innocent,” he said.