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Pamela Anderson: Julian Assange and I have a special relationship

Pamela Anderson has opened up about her "special relationship" with WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange in a political poem posted on her website.

The former Baywatch star has become a regular visitor at the Ecuadorian embassy in London where Assange has been living for the last four years after he was granted political asylum by Ecuador's government.

Assange has been in exile at the embassy in order to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sexual assault.

Ms Anderson has been campaigning on behalf of men falsely accused of rape, but her frequent visits have sparked speculation she and Julian are more than just friends.

She has been coy about her relationship with Assange, but in her new poem, titled I Like How You Resist Me, she tries to explain how her dealings with the Wikileaks founder can help US President Donald Trump's working relationship with Prime Minister Theresa May and many other world leaders.

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"I may have some advice for Trump and May on special relationships - based on my own special relationship with Julian Assange," she writes.

"Regarding Free Speech and Democracy... It is a romantic struggle. Things that the USA and UK bring to the relationship are bad secrecy laws.

"Keeping Julian illegally detained. Hating transparency and bombing countries. It is dysfunctional and unequal, this relationship to date. I wish to help them to improve it, and make it work..."

In the poem, Pamela also offers up her opinion about several foreign policy issues.

"The USA has been spying on UK (reading emails and listening to calls)...," she adds. "Keep things separate as in a good relationship.

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"The UK should have an independent foreign policy not based on a special relationship - so, the UK and USA relationship would be based on a fundamental reconfiguration of domestic politics, and their relationship with the rest of the world."

She urged US and UK political leaders to change and stop abusing, or get rid of, espionage laws.

"Stop shouting and punishing people who offer them help (as if a couple would turn against a relationship counsellor?) - Julian is trying to help," she added.

Last year a UN panel ruled that Mr Assange was being "arbitrarily detained" in the embassy in London - and called for him to be paid compensation.

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said the Swedish and British authorities should end Mr Assange's "deprivation of liberty" and respect his physical integrity and freedom of movement.

Mr Assange said at the time: "What right do the governments of the US, UK or Sweden have to deny my children their father for five and a half years."

He said he had become "tough" through what had happened to him over the past few years, but spoke of his children, saying they had nothing to do with the case.

"It is time they had their father back. That will happen, one way or another."

Melinda Taylor, part of Mr Assange's legal team, said the UN report made clear that the WikiLeaks founder was neither a fugitive from justice, nor could he just walk out of the embassy.

She called it a "damning indictment" of the way Mr Assange has been treated and showed his willingness to co-operate with the Swedish investigation.

Authorities in Britain and Sweden have rejected the finding, saying Mr Assange has detained himself by seeking refuge in the embassy.

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