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  • The iconic actor, along with Wikileaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson, were Assange's first visitors other than his lawyers since being held at the high-security Belmarsh Prison in London.

    The iconic actor, along with Wikileaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson, were Assange's first visitors other than his lawyers since being held at the high-security Belmarsh Prison in London. | Photo: Reuters

Published 7 May 2019

"We have to save the life" of Assange, said the Canadian-American actress who visited the founder of WikiLeaks in a London prison Tuesday.

Actor Pamela Anderson Tuesday called to "save the life" of Julian Assange whom she visited in the London prison of Belmarsh where he has been held since his arrest on April 11 from the Ecuadorean embassy. 

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"We have to save the life" of Assange, said the Canadian-American actress, one of the celebrities who has been vocal in their defense of the founder of WikiLeaks. Anderson had previously visited him at the Ecuadorean embassy in London , where he was staying for nearly seven years.

"It has been very hard to see Julian here," Anderson told reporters in front of the high security prison, adding, "We have to keep fighting because it is unfair, it has sacrificed so much to make the truth known," referring to leaked documents providing evidence of torture and inhumane acts by United States troops in Iraq and Afghanistan .

The U.S. judiciary is seeking to extradite Assange for "hacking", which could mean a sentence up to five years in prison, for having helped former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning obtain a password to access those secret documents in 2010.

The editor of WikiLeaks, Icelandic journalist Kristinn Hranfsson who visited him Tuesday with Anderson, Assange "is an extremely resistant person.

Assange requested asylum by the Ecuadorean government in June 2012, when he was required by the Swedish justice to present himself on rape allegations which were later shelved, as the proceedings could not continue while he was under asylum status.

His asylum status was stripped unannounced and shortly after British police arrested him for breaching the terms of his bail to enter the Ecuadorean embassy almost seven years ago. 

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