The ex-star of the Baywatch television series Pamela Anderson described her relationship with WikiLeaks founder Julien Assange as a "romantic fight" and said she was very close to the 47-year-old Australian, local media reported today. .
The actress, 51, who has campaigned on behalf of Assange, is frequently photographed entering and leaving the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where the founder of WikiLeaks is a refugee since 2012.
"I wanted to meet him because I wanted to ask him how I could be a more effective activist and obviously I was fascinated with him," Anderson said in an interview from his home in southern France to Channel 9 in Australia.
Anderson said she has been visiting Assange for two years and that these appointments, which last "three to four hours at a time," leave her "exhausted" because she ends up with a "pile of notes".
Asked to define his relationship with the Australian hacker, Anderson replied that "we want to call it a romantic fight" in which they do not hold hands.
"We do not have a romantic relationship like that, but I feel very close to him, and I feel closer to him than other people I have and he trusts me," he said.
Anderson also asked Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to intervene in the Assange case and allow him to return to Australia.
"Give him back his passport and take him to Australia and be proud of him, and make a parade when he returns home," Anderson said.
Morrison rejected the request and insisted that "our position (regarding Assange) has not changed," he told Hot Tomato FM radio quoted by local agency AAP.
"I have many friends who have asked me if they can be my special envoys to solve these issues with Pamela Anderson," the Australian president joked.
Assange has not left the small diplomatic legation since 2012 for fear that the British authorities will deport him to the United States, where he could be tried for the dissemination since 2010 of numerous confidential military and diplomatic documents.
The founder of WikiLeaks obtained the asylum of Ecuador after the legal process in the United Kingdom failed to prevent his extradition to Sweden, which since 2010 required him for alleged sex crimes, a cause that was finally shelved.
Assange fought that extradition because he feared that Sweden would turn him over to the US, whose government embarrassed him by publishing in 2010 thousands of diplomatic cables that exposed countries around the world.