Pamela Anderson describes WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as a hero and calls for his release and freedom.


Anderson has visited Assange a few times at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he was been staying since 2012. “It’s crazy that Julian is still being held as a political prisoner — after the UN has stated (and recently for a second time) that there is no reason for his detention and has ordered that the UK and Sweden release him,” says Anderson.

Assange is actually not being held there, but has chosen to stay there because he is afraid he will be extradited to Sweden once he sets foot on British soil. He was accused of rape by a woman in Sweden in 2010 and was placed under arrest in absentia, but has not been formally charged. All past charges expired in 2015, but the rape charge will remain active until 2020 if the Swedish authorities cannot formally charge him.

“Julian is an editor and a publisher,” Anderson continued. “There are laws in place to protect him. But they are not being applied. He still cannot leave the Embassy of Ecuador in London while elaborate plots against him and made up sexual allegations could result in him being extradited to the US — where he would not be treated fairly — because of his exposure of truths.”

During the 2016 US presidential election, WikiLeaks shared thousands of leaked emails from John PodestaHillary Clinton‘s campaign chairman. Many believe this was an attempt to thwart Clinton’s campaign. Many of these emails, however, made Clinton look good.

“He is a hero,” Anderson said of Assange. “One day everyone will realize. But until now, this man has missed 7 Christmases with his children and is kept in difficult and tremendously stressful conditions-while doing us all a great service. Everyone in the world has benefited because of WikiLeaks — he has sacrificed so much — to simply share the truth.”

Anderson, in her statement, also noted that Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning should be set free as well. Snowden is currently in Russia in asylum after being charged for violating the Espionage Act, and Manning is two years into her 35-year sentence for leaking thousands of documents to WikiLeaks.

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