WikiLeaks Mastermind Julian Assange’s Internet Is Cut — Shortly After Pamela Anderson Visits
Pamela Anderson has visited Julian Assange several times and "likes to make him smile," her publicist tells PEOPLE
The American actress visited WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Saturday, bringing with her “a nice vegan lunch and some vegan snacks” for the 45-year-old, she told reporters according to the Associated Press.
Anderson called herself a supporter of Assange, and joked of providing him with the meal, “He said I tortured him with bringing him vegan food.”
“Pamela has visited Julian a number of times,” Anderson’s publicist tells PEOPLE in a statement. “She likes to make him smile — she is a dear supporter of his. She is concerned for his well being, and believes he’s committed no crime and has been treated unkind, and unfairly.”
Not long after Anderson’s visit, Assange’s Internet access was eliminated, according to the WikiLeaks Twitter account.
“Julian Assange’s internet link has been intentionally severed by a state party,” WikiLeaks said. “We have activated the appropriate contingency plans.”
The organization has not since issued any updates on Assange’s situation.
Assange has claimed political asylum at the embassy since 2012 in order to avoid facing extradition to Sweden over a rape allegation he has long refuted. According to the AP, Assange fears being sent to the U.S. to face espionage charges in relation to WikiLeaks.
Earlier in his residency at the embassy, Assange couldn’t so much as step out onto the building’s balcony. Until Oct. of 2015, he was even under round-the-clock police guard.
WikiLeaks has been at the center of much of the controversy surrounding this year’s American Presidential election. The website has shared thousands of hacked emails from major political figures, including Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and members of the Democratic National Convention.
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Recently leaked Podesta emails revealed that Clinton once told bankers that she favored “open trade and open borders” during paid speeches to Goldman Sachs and other financial firms.
Podesta has since questioned the authenticity of some of the documents that have been leaked from his account hack.