Actress and activist Pamela Anderson admits that Julian Assange is one of her favorite people; however, she will not verify whether or not she is dating the contentious founder of WikiLeaks. Questions regarding the extent of their relationship surfaced after photographs of Anderson visiting him became public several months ago.

Anderson believes in Assange’s message

At the 47th annual Earth Day event in Vancouver, Anderson tells Erin Cebula, who is a reporter with the Canadian version of Entertainment Tonight that she supports the WikiLeaks founder because she believes in his message.

Anderson says that Assange is attempting to free the world by educating it: She describes him as a kind and gentle person.

Anderson took the time to write a poem about their "Special Relationship," which she posted on her foundation’s website: The poem is entitled simply “My Julian.” Anderson also writes of her special relationship with Assange in an April 24, 2017, poem entitled "I like how you resist me."

In this poem, she characterizes the relationship between the U.S. and the U.K. as a "romantic struggle:" Anderson says that the U.S.

is a "dysfunctional lover" to the U.K. and mentions bringing France in for "a threesome."

WikiLeaks founder living under diplomatic asylum

In August 2010, while visiting Sweden, Assange allegedly commits rape, unlawful coercion and sexual molestation: Therefore, on Aug. 20, 2010, Sweden issues a warrant for his arrest. Assange states that he initially met with Swedish authorities and, at that time, the chief prosecutor closed the investigation.

However, a different prosecutor reopened the investigation, issuing an extradition warrant for his arrest. With permission from the Ecuadorian government, the WikiLeaks founder lives under diplomatic asylum in a small flat at their embassy in west London.

Since June 19, 2012, Assange has avoided extradition to Sweden by residing at the Embassy of Ecuador in Knightsbridge, west London. As long as he remains within the walls of the embassy, he does not have to face the allegations against him in Sweden: Assange adamantly denies committing any of the crimes in Sweden for which he is accused.

In August 2015, prosecutors decided to drop their investigation into two of the three charges against Assange - sexual molestation and unlawful coercion - because, according to Swedish law, the amount of time to pursue these cases had run out; however, the rape charge remains open.

London police place WikiLeaks founder under continuous surveillance

In the hopes of arresting him as he left the embassy, the London police placed a 24-hour watch on Assange. However, in October 2015, due to the financial strain this continued surveillance was placing on British taxpayers, and in an attempt to quiet outcries of local politicians, they decided to discontinue their round-the-clock surveillance of the embassy.

Even so, the police made it clear that if the WikiLeaks founder leaves the embassy, they are prepared to arrest him.

On Sept. 16, 2016, the Swedish Court of Appeals denied a request asking that they drop Assange's arrest warrant for rape. Since the Swedish statute of limitations on rape is 10 years, as long as he remains in asylum until 2020, Assange can avoid being arrested on the rape charge.

In the event that Assange is extradited to Sweden, he has concerns related to being sent to the U.S. If he is sent to the U.S., he could be put on trial for publishing classified military documents and video footage from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The WikiLeaks founder fears that, if he is extradited to the U.S., and found guilty, he could receive the death penalty.

Despite his concerns of extradition to the U.S., on March 7, 2017, Assange went ahead and published more classified U.S. documents. These documents outline how the C.I.A. allegedly uses personal items, such as smartphones and popular Internet-enabled televisions, as a means to gather intelligence from users all over the world. According to the New York Times, the release of this information has infuriated C.I.A. officials, who are now putting even more pressure on the Justice Department to prosecute Assange.

Pamela Anderson's new calling

Although a rape victim herself, and an activist for victims of rape, since meeting with Julian Assange, Anderson has found a new calling: She has decided to begin campaigning on behalf of men who have been falsely accused of rape.

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