Pamela Anderson Blasts Scott Morrison For 'Smutty, Unnecessary' Comments On Assange
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been slammed for his comments following calls from Pamela Anderson to help WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
The activist and former Baywatch star appeared on 60 Minutes earlier this month.
"Defend your friend, get Julian his passport back and take him back to Australia and be proud of him, and throw him a parade when he gets home," she said.
When asked to respond to her comments by Gold Coast radio station Hot Tomato, Morrison replied "I've had plenty of mates who have asked me if they can be my special envoy to sort the issue out with Pamela Anderson."
Anderson has slammed his comments as trivialising, disappointing, smutty, unnecessary and lewd.
"You trivialised and laughed about the suffering of an Australian and his family," she wrote in an open letter.
"You followed it with smutty, unnecessary comments about a woman voicing her political opinion.
"Rather than making lewd suggestions about me, perhaps you should instead think about what you are going to say to millions of Australians when one of their own is marched in an orange jumpsuit to Guantanamo Bay — for publishing the truth."
Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face a rape charge.
Sweden dropped the investigation in 2017, but Assange remained in limbo in the embassy, and earlier this year was restricted from using the internet.
It was also revealed this week that Assange faces unrelated charges in the United States, after prosecutors inadvertently disclosed the existence of a sealed indictment against him.
"This Australian is not getting a fair go," Anderson wrote, borrowing Morrison's phrase of the month.
"His human rights are being openly violated. I am hopeful Australia now has a leader with strength and conviction enough to bring him home."
Morrison has previously rejected Anderson's calls to help Assange.
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