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PM rejects Pamela Anderson's calls to help bring Assange home

The Prime Minister has rejected calls from the former Baywatch star to help Julian Assange return to Australia. Source: AAP

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has rejected calls from Pamela Anderson to defend WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and help him come home to Australia.

Scott Morrison has laughed off calls from Pamela Anderson to bring Julian Assange back to Australia and throw him a welcome-home parade.

The former Baywatch star says the prime minister should lend his support to the WikiLeaks founder, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for six years.

In a message to Mr Morrison, Anderson said: "Defend your friend and 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."

Asked if he intended to heed the advice aired on the Nine Network's 60 Minutes, Mr Morrison chuckled loudly before replying: "No."

"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," he told Gold Coast radio station Hot Tomato FM.

"But putting that to one side, the serious issue is no, our position on that hasn't changed."

Mr Morrison said his government was acting on other issues Anderson had raised, including improving animal welfare standards in the live sheep export industry.

The actor also denied rumours she was anything more than a friend of Assange, but said they have a close bond which they describe as a "romantic struggle".

Supporters of Julian Assange rally in Ecuador.
Supporters of Julian Assange rally in Ecuador.
AAP

Assange's father John Shipton supported Ms Anderson's sentiments in a letter to the prime minister.

"Pamela Anderson ... says what we all need and want," he writes.

His mother Christine Hawkins (Assange) posted a video on Youtube saying her son was in "urgent, critical danger".

"He is right now alone, sick and in pain," she said.

"Silence in solitary confinement, cut off from all contact and being tortured in the heart of London. The modern-day cage for political prisoners is no longer the Tower of London, it is now the Ecuadorian Embassy."

Assange took refuge in Ecuador's embassy in 2012, after British courts ordered his extradition to Sweden to face questioning in a sexual molestation case.

The case was dropped but supporters have said Assange fears leaving the embassy in case he's extradited to the United States over WikiLeaks' publication of US diplomatic and military secrets.

Last week an Ecuadorian judge ruled against the 47-year-old's request to loosen new conditions of his ongoing stay at the embassy.

The new rules require the Australian pay for services like internet and laundry and care for his cat.

In a video testimony, Assange argued that the stricter measures were part of a larger push to kick him out of the embassy.

 

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