2.12.19

Pamela Anderson Says She Was Threatened by Prison Chief While Visiting Assange

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"The warden stormed in and made it very clear to me, that if I were going to be a problem—he’d make problems for Julian. It was a direct threat."

Pamela Anderson, actress, model, and longtime friend of Julian Assange, says she was threatened by a warden while visiting the high security prison where Assange is currently being held.



According to the Daily Mail, Anderson had planned to go public with her story of what happened that day during a speech she planned to give in Canberra, Australia, but pulled out of the planned event due to a scheduling conflict.

Anderson was in Australia, Assange’s home country, to urge Prime Minister Scott Morrison to intervene for her friend. Morrison responded to Anderson via letter that was published by the Australian. In it the prime minister said Australia’s government could continue to monitor the case but that “beyond providing consular assistance…Australia has no standing and is unable to intervene in Mr Assange’s legal proceedings.”

A transcript of what would have been Anderson’s speech directed toward Australian officials, was obtained by the Mail.

In it the 52-year-old model revealed that near the end of her meeting with Assange at Belmarsh, “The warden stormed in and made it very clear to me, that if I were going to be a problem—he’d make problems for Julian. It was a direct threat.”

The transcript also details that Anderson was “scared and stressed” when she and WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson visited Assange at the U.K.’s Belmarsh high security prison for the first time but that the jailed journalist was “clean shaven” with “bright” eyes.

Anderson explained:

“He was ready to fight—smart/clever as always. His mind working fast.

But what was abnormally out of character—he was looking to us like his life depended on us. He was looking to us for hope.”

According to the transcript, Anderson’s feelings of “hope” soon vanished when the warden—or “governor” in the UK—barged in only “minutes before our time was up.”

She maintains that Assange, 48, is “is in danger,” explaining:

“When he is out of our sight he is in danger.

I’m sure he is being punished for every bad word said about that prison.

So I’m taking a big risk here. To let you know—it is a different set of rules there.

There are no rules. That benefit him. Remember this.”

A UK Prison Service spokesman said in response to Anderson’s allegations:

“The Governor of HMP Belmarsh did not threaten Ms Anderson or Mr Assange.”

The revelation from Anderson comes only days after 60 doctors from around the world called on officials to immediately act to secure necessary medical care for Assange. The doctors acted following a warning from a United Nations expert early this month who claims Assange’s treatment may actually be torture.

The doctor’s wrote:

“We have real concerns, on the evidence currently available, that Mr. Assange could die in prison. The medical situation is thereby urgent.”

After visiting Assange in prison in May, Anderson was left “sick and nauseous,” telling reporters:

“He does not deserve to be in a supermax prison. He has never committed a violent act. He is an innocent person.

He is a good man, he is an incredible person. I love him, I can’t imagine what he has been going through.

It was great to see him, but this is just misrule of law in operation. It is absolute shock that he has not been able to get out of his cell.”

Assange is being held at Belmarsh awaiting an extradition hearing set to take place in February 2020 that may result in his facing charges of violating the Espionage Act in the United States after publishing evidence of human rights violations and war crimes at the hands of the U.S. government.

Journalist and activist George Monbiot wrote last week:

“Revealing stuff that should have been in the public domain all along should be treated as a public service, not a crime. But Julian Assange is rotting in jail, awaiting extradition, at the behest of a government that wants to preserve its grim secrets.”

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