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Pamela Anderson left teary after becoming Julian Assange's first visitor at Belmarsh high-security prison, telling reporters: 'I love him, I can't imagine what he's going through'

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 07/05/2019 Joe Middleton For Mailonline

Pamela Anderson seen arriving at the Ecuadorian Embassy to visit her friend Julian Assange on January 21, 2017 © Getty Pamela Anderson seen arriving at the Ecuadorian Embassy to visit her friend Julian Assange on January 21, 2017 Baywatch star Pamela Anderson said it was 'very difficult' to see Wikileaks founder Julian Assange after she visited him in Belmarsh high-security jail today.

The US actress wore a shawl with the words 'free speech' and 'Cromwell' scrawled on it while leaving the prison in south-east London, accompanied by Wikileaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson.

After seeing Assange, she said: 'He does not deserve to be in a supermax prison. He has never committed a violent act. He is an innocent person,' she told reporters after visiting Assange.

She revealed that he has no access to information, is 'really cut off from everybody' and has not been able to speak to his children.

a man holding a sign posing for the camera: US actress Pamela Anderson leaves Belmarsh Prison in south-east London, accompanied by WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson after she visited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited US actress Pamela Anderson leaves Belmarsh Prison in south-east London, accompanied by WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson after she visited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

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

'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.

a close up of a person: Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange was sentenced to 50 week in prison for breaching his bail conditions. He is also fighting extradition to the United States where he is wanted for questioning over the activities of Wikileaks © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange was sentenced to 50 week in prison for breaching his bail conditions. He is also fighting extradition to the United States where he is wanted for questioning over the activities of Wikileaks 'It is going to be a long fight and he deserves our support. He needs our support, so whatever anyone can do - maybe write to him, encourage him,' Anderson added.

'We just have to keep fighting, because it is unfair. He has sacrificed so much to bring the truth out and we deserve the truth.'

Revealing she felt sick and nauseous, Anderson, who was draped in a shawl with writing scrawled across it, appeared to wipe her eyes and turn away from the press.

Asked about the lengthy prison sentence Assange could face if he is extradited to the US, Anderson said: 'We need to save his life. That's how serious it is.'

a woman talking on a cell phone: US actress Pamela Anderson speaks to the media as she leaves Belmarsh Prison in south-east London, after she visited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited US actress Pamela Anderson speaks to the media as she leaves Belmarsh Prison in south-east London, after she visited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Standing by her side, WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson added: 'It is a question of life and death - that's how serious it is.'

After what he called their 'first social visit', Mr Hrafnsson said they were 'both quite emotional', adding that it was shocking to see his friend, a journalist and an intellectual, 'sitting in a high-security prison'.

'This is not justice. This is an abomination. Someone said that you could judge the civilisation of a society by visiting its prisons,' he added.

'Frankly, I have to say from my heart that this visit did not reflect well on the society here. This must end, this will be a fight.'

Watch: Security footage shows Assange skateboarding in Ecuadorian embassy (Reuters)

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Assange, 47, was sentenced to 50 weeks' jail for breaching bail when he failed to surrender to police in 2012.

The Wikileaks founder was convicted of the bail breach after entering the Ecuadorian embassy and claiming political asylum while wanted over allegations of sexual offences in Sweden, which he denies.

Baywatch star Anderson has previously spoken out in support of Assange and met him on several occasions when he lived at the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

Assange is also fighting extradition to the United States where he is wanted for questioning over the activities of WikiLeaks.

Related: Assange: A timeline in pictures (Photos)

Mr Hrafnsson said Assange is in 'general' solitary confinement because he mostly spends 23 hours a day in his cell, adding that the situation was 'unacceptable'.

Speaking after a court hearing last week, he said: 'We are worried about Julian Assange. We are hearing that the situation in Belmarsh Prison is appalling because of austerity and cutbacks.

'For the last weeks since he was arrested, he has spent 23 out of 24 hours a day in his cell most of the time.

'That is what we call in general terms solitary confinement. That's unacceptable. That applies to most of the prisoners in that appalling facility. It is unacceptable that a publisher is spending time in that prison.'

United Nations rights experts have voiced concern about the 'disproportionate' sentence given to the WikiLeaks founder as well as his detention in a high-security prison.

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said in a statement on Friday it was 'deeply concerned' about the 'disproportionate' sentence imposed on Assange.

'The Working Group is of the view that violating bail is a minor violation that, in the United Kingdom, carries a maximum sentence of 12 months in prison.

'It is worth recalling that the detention and the subsequent bail of Mr Assange in the UK were connected to preliminary investigations initiated in 2010 by a prosecutor in Sweden.

'It is equally worth noting that that prosecutor did not press any charges against Mr Assange and that in 2017, after interviewing him in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, she discontinued investigations and brought an end to the case.

'The Working Group is further concerned that Mr Assange has been detained since 11 April 2019 in Belmarsh prison, a high-security prison, as if he were convicted for a serious criminal offence.

'This treatment appears to contravene the principles of necessity and proportionality envisaged by the human rights standards.'

The Working Group has previously stated that Assange was arbitrarily detained in the Ecuadorean embassy and should have had his liberty restored.

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