WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson protested how her friend Julian Assange is being treated at the Belmarsh Prison.
- Insisting on his innocence, Anderson wrote on Twitter that Assange is the most “famous victim” who is an innocent and good man yet he is being treated like a criminal.
- Accompanying Anderson during the visit is WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson who also expressed their concerns regarding how Assange spends 23 out of 24 hours in his cell like he is in solitary confinement since his arrest.
Pamela Anderson proclaimed her love for confidante Julian Assange by saying ‘I love him’ following her arrival at the Belmarsh Prison today wrapped in a grey blanket to visit the WikiLeaks founder.
In a possible reference to the 23 hours a day that Assange spends in his cell, the former Baywatch star wore a wrap emblazoned with political statements like “Free speech”, “gagged”, and “kept in confinement”.
While admitting that it was extremely difficult to see Assange in jail, Anderson said she was shocked to know that he has not been able to get out of his cell and is cut off from everybody else including his children whom he’s unable to speak to.
“He does not deserve to be in a supermax prison. He is innocent, a good man and an incredible person. I love him, I can’t imagine what he has been going through,” said Anderson of the publisher who was given a 50-week sentence in prison for violating bail after being thrown out of the Ecuadorean embassy last month.
Assange is reportedly resisting deportation to the United States where he is wanted for questioning over WikiLeaks activities.
He and Pamela became close friends while he was locked up and hiding in the London embassy and she was his first visitor in prison besides his lawyers.
Now fighting for his innocence, Pamela wrote on Twitter: “J. A is the [world’s] most innocent man yet he is treated as the [world’s] most dangerous man. This is misrule of law in operation – the [world’s] most famous victim.”
WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson who accompanied Pamela Anderson during her visit also expressed their concern about Julian Assange in a court hearing last week. She said that ever since Julian was arrested, most of the time, he has spent 23 out of 24 hours a day in his cell.
“That is what we call in general terms solitary confinement. That applies to most of the prisoners in that appalling facility. It is unacceptable that a publisher is spending time in that prison.”
In a statement on Friday, concerns regarding Assange’s “disproportionate” sentence was also echoed by United Nations rights experts as well as being detained in a high-security prison for bail violation which is a minor offense.