Actress Pamela Anderson pleaded with President Donald Trump to “do the right thing” and issue a pardon to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
The Baywatch star appealed to the president to use his final days in the White House to pardon Assange who is being held in a London jail. Anderson told Tucker Carlson Tonight Monday that this is Trump’s “time to shine” on the issue of freedom of speech.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson also called for Trump to pardon Assange during a segment on Monday’s show, before bringing in Anderson, a longtime friend and supporter of the 49-year-old publisher who was charged by the U.S. government in 2019 with violating the Espionage Act.
“It’s freedom of the press, it’s freedom of speech,” Anderson said, adding that “this is a defining moment for the president.”
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“The entire world wants, or most want him to pardon Julian Assange,” Anderson told Carlson. “This is his time to shine and really make an impression on the world. If this goes to trial, that’s the end of the First Amendment.”
“That pardon is sitting on his desk and I’m sure there’s a lot going on behind the scenes where people are maybe bullying him a little bit because of his impeachment…He needs to do the right thing. This is one of those moments in history, in his lifetime too, where he needs to make the right decision,” she continued.
“He would really gain a huge following and a huge sigh of relief and gratefulness from so many people on the planet,” Anderson added, saying that Assange is a “free-speech hero.”
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin admitted her error in not supporting Assange in a video she posted on Monday, saying she was wrong to think he was “the bad guy.”
The former Republican vice presidential nominee shared that she believed Assange did America and the world “a favor by fighting for what he believed was right,” adding that it has been proven that he was right.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 18, 2021
“He deserves a pardon. He deserves all of us to understand more about what he has done in the name of real journalism,” Palin said, adding that she “made a mistake” for publicly speaking out against him several years ago.
The president is reportedly expected to issue between 50 and 100 commutations and pardons before he leaves office, as Joe Biden is inaugurated on Wednesday. Fox News reported that a meeting took place at the White House on Sunday to finalize the list, which could include rapper Lil Wayne.
Assange is not reported to be on the list of potential pardons, according to Fox News, but Carlson argued over the importance of issuing one for the WikiLeaks founder who could face 18 charges which carry a maximum of 175 years in prison.
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The Fox News host called on Trump to “defend the Bill of Rights” and leave a historic legacy by pardoning Assange.
“Lil Wayne? Don’t degrade yourself,” he said, addressing the president in his remarks. “Don’t degrade your voters. Make a statement. Defend the Bill of Rights.”
“Just to be clear, Julian did not hack servers at the U.S. Army, Pentagon, or the DNC. No, he reported on those servers. That’s called journalism, which – by the way – real journalism, not much left, it’s all under attack,” Carlson continued.
“So, for doing that, for humiliating both our elected leaders and the media class, Julian Assange’s life has been destroyed. He’s been locked away for almost a decade,” he said.
“This case is not about espionage. He didn’t commit espionage. He’s not a traitor – he’s an American! This case is about criminalizing freedom of speech,” Carlson argued.
“The truth is we are not defending Julian Assange. We are defending something that is actually under attack, is actually precious to every American and it is going away faster than we ever thought it could – and that’s the freedom of speech,” he said. “He reported things they don’t like. They threw him in jail.”
Carlson concluded with another appeal to the president.
“So here is why we are telling you this,” he said, citing reports of the impending pardons before Trump’s departure on Wednesday.
“If he wants a lasting historical effect on this country in the closing days of his administration, he can achieve a major victory for the principles that this country was founded on and then make it a good place to live,” he said. “And the first one of those is freedom of the press, freedom of speech. No one else in the media feels like arguing for it. Doesn’t matter, it’s still true and we should still defend it.”
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