Pamela Anderson has called on Scott Morrison to defend WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and help bring him back to Australia.
The former Baywatch star said the prime minister should be proud of the work done by Australian-born Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for six years.
Anderson denied rumours she was anything more than a close friend of Assange, but told the Nine Network's 60 Minutes that their relationship was a "romantic struggle".
Anderson, who struck up a friendship with Assange over their shared interest in activism, believes the Australian government should be doing more to help him.
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.
That case has been dropped but supporters have said Assange fears he could be extradited to the United States if he leaves the embassy. WikiLeaks published US diplomatic and military secrets when Assange ran the operation.
"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," Anderson said, when asked about her message for Mr Morrison.
Anderson confirmed she is in a relationship with French footballer Adil Rami, but said her bond with Assange was a "romantic struggle" to "educate the world".
"We don't have a romantic relationship, but I feel very close to him and I feel closer to him than I think a lot of people have gotten to him," she said.
She dismissed suggestions that Assange told her what to say, adding: "I think I am valuable in some way because I think people think he's a computer screen and I humanise him."
Australian Associated Press
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