WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may not have been able to make a big announcement Monday — perhaps having to do with him finally being able to end his five years of “detention” in London’s Ecuadorian embassy.
But if he’s not able to leave the embassy any time soon, perhaps he can take some consolation in the fact that standing up for what he believes is a worthy free speech cause has made him a massive sex symbol in the eyes of another internationally famous sex symbol: former “Baywatch” babe Pamela Anderson.
Indeed, Anderson has penned a gushing blog post that effectively compares Assange, her rumored love interest, to some of the greatest freedom fighters of the last 100 or so years.
The one-time Playboy playmate argues that having convictions and “the courage to stand by them” makes a man sexy.
“Thinking of Julian makes me wonder, what is the sexiest quality in a man?” Anderson wrote on her Pamela Anderson Foundation website. “Surely the sexiest qualities in a man are bravery and courage. Sexiness in a man is showing strength. Having convictions and having the courage to stand by them. Think of a man putting everything aside to stand up to bullies, to say enough is enough, to take a stand for justice and truth.”
The bullies in question include the United States — the “ultimate bully.” The silver-haired computer programmer became the target of U.S. authorities after WikiLeaks published a series of leaks of classified military information from Chelsea Manning.
Anderson also slammed British Prime Minister Theresa May as “the worst prime minister in living memory” and appealed to President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump to help secure Assange’s release, given the fact that Trump’s bid for the White House “benefited from some of WikiLeaks publications,” Anderson wrote.
Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy five years ago, initially to evade extradition to Sweden on sex-related allegations. Swedish authorities have since dropped their investigation into those allegations but the UK still has an arrest warrant out for him, accusing him of jumping bail. Assange fears that arrest in the UK would lead to his extradition to the United States, where he could be charged with espionage offences.
Assange had scheduled a press conference Monday, which he was expected to hold from the balcony of the Ecudarian embassy. In an interview, he had expressed hope that his standoff with the UK authorities would soon be resolved and that he might be free to fly to Ecuador, which has reportedly granted him asylum.
But one of his UK lawyers said that he cancelled his press conference to assure that his negotiations with UK authorities could proceed and thereby bring about “a resolution as soon as possible to what the UN stated is illegal and arbitrary detention.”
In any case, Assange has the devotion of Anderson, who was romantically linked to Assange several months ago. At the time, Page Six reported that Anderson had been paying regular visits to Assange at the embassy. A political activist noted that Anderson had been “wearing sexier outfits every time she visits.”
In her blog post, Anderson called Assange “an unstoppable force, standing up to an immoveable object. … even when he has nothing but his beliefs and his intelligence and his courage.”
In referring to the U.S. government, Anderson said that Assange “took on the Leviathan and won. That is sexy.”
She said that with Assange winning his case against Sweden and with the end of the Obama administration, there are no more “excuses” for keeping Assange in detention. She said letting him go would make the world a better place and signed her post, “I love you, Pamela.