Actress and pro-WikiLeaks activist Pamela Anderson clashed with the hosts of “The View” when she defended Julian Assange.
Anderson had just finished defending him when host Meghan McCain commented: “Assange is a cyberterrorist”. Assange was arrested earlier in 2019 amid criticism surrounding his organization’s role in leaking sensitive documents from the United States.
The Australian has received sympathy from people like Anderson, but also faced intense scrutiny from prominent figures like McCain’s now-deceased father, Arizona Sen. John McCain.
“I think that people like Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning are heroes — and Julian Assange is a publisher,” Anderson replied, referring to two high-profile leakers during the Obama administration.
“Putin also thinks that,” Meghan McCain shot back, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Assange managed to upset both sides of the aisle as he leaked sensitive intelligence documents as well as emails from high-ranking Democrats during the 2016 presidential race.
Co-host Joy Behar seemed to argue that Assange was “responsible” for Trump’s election after he revealed private conversations from former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
“Hillary Clinton is responsible for Trump,” Anderson countered. Behar responded by asking whether Assange was a Trump supporter given the timing of his leaks on Democrats.
“Well, he wasn’t helping Trump,” Anderson said. “He was trying to give the American people true information” on Clinton’s activities, she added. She also claimed that if Assange had damning on information on Trump, he would have released it.
In a separate interview with the World Socialist Web Site this week, Anderson explained that Assange, who she has known for years, “created WikiLeaks so that people could find a way to be informed,” and to “end these awful wars and bring us all closer together.”
Anderson said that the US government’s attempt to prosecute Assange is a fundamental attack on democratic rights.
She warned: “Freedom of the press is at stake. Julian is being used to scare publishers and journalists. He’s in the same boat as all the great whistleblowers—he will be in the history books. But we must fight to be on the right side of history. He cannot die in prison. He cannot be extradited to the US where he will not be treated fairly.”
Anderson stated: “It’s this simple, don’t extradite Assange. Journalism is not a crime!”