Pamela Anderson Defends WikiLeaks From Meghan McCain: 'How Many People Has the American Government Killed, Innocently?'

Anderson criticized the military after McCain called Julian Assange a “cyber-terrorist”

Pamela Anderson stopped by ABC’s “The View” Friday and defended WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange from Meghan McCain, who called him a “cyber-terrorist,” and Joy Behar, who questioned if he supports President Donald Trump.

Asked about Assange’s state as he serves out an 11-month prison sentence in London while awaiting possible extradition to the United States, Anderson said her friend’s health has deteriorated and he’s lost weight, but “he is the most resilient person” she’s ever met.

“It is devastating that people have fallen for this campaign, especially in America,” she said, calling it “frustrating” that Americans have “embraced all this propaganda.”

If he’s extradited, she said, “I don’t think he’ll make it.”

Anderson continued to extol the virtues of the WikiLeaks founder, fighting back when McCain called him “a cyber-terrorist.”

“You know who’s a national security risk is the military,” she said. “How many people have the American government killed, innocently, and how many have WikiLeaks?”

As the studio audience cheered her response, McCain probed, “So, you think the military is putting the government at risk?”

McCain then addressed a cheering male audience member: “Oh, calm down, Sir.”

“War crimes need to be punished and they haven’t. The war crimes that he’s exposed, no one’s done anything about it, but they put him in jail to shut him up,” Anderson responded.

Assange was arrested in April in London after Ecuador president Lenin Moreno withdrew its offer of asylum in its embassy in the London capital. The U.S. Justice Department announced then that it was seeking extradition so the 47-year-old Australian national can face a federal charge of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for agreeing to help break a password to a classified U.S. government computer.

Behar asked, “A lot of people say that … Assange interfered in the 2016 election by conspiring with Russia by releasing emails, hacked emails, which hurt Hillary Clinton. It’s almost like, ‘Is he responsible for giving us Trump?’”

Anderson responded, “Hillary Clinton is responsible for Trump.”

Asked if Assange is a Trump supporter, Anderson said, “No. No. No. I was with him.”

5 Times Trump and His Supporters Flipped on Julian Assange's WikiLeaks (Photos)

  • Over the years, Republicans — particularly Donald Trump supporters — have done a 180 (or a full 360) in their remarks about WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange. When he leaked on Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016, some Republicans said he was doing America a great service. But now the Trump administration is poised to attempt to convict Assange and WikiLeaks for their leaking activities. Here are five times Trump and his supporters have flipped on the matter.

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  • In 2010, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said this about Assange: “He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands. His past posting of classified documents revealed the identity of more than 100 Afghan sources to the Taliban. Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders?”

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  • In 2016, though, Palin changed her tune. She posted an apology to Assange on Facebook. “I apologize for condemning Assange when he published my infamous (and proven noncontroversial, relatively boring) emails years ago,” she wrote.

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  • Way back when, Fox News host Sean Hannity said what Assange was doing was “waging his war on America” and called for his arrest. He also said WikiLeaks stealing and publishing classified documents put lives at risk, as Media Matters reported.

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  • When Assange started leaking emails from the Clinton campaign, though, Hannity became very friendly. He even brought the WikiLeaks founder onto his show for an interview, saying “America owes you a debt of gratitude.”

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  • Back in 2010, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Assange was a terrorist. “Information warfare is warfare. Julian Assange is engaged in warfare. Information terrorism, which leads to people getting killed is terrorism. And Julian Assange is engaged in terrorism.”

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  • But after the second 2016 presidential debate, Gingrich was on Team Assange. He touted WikiLeaks in the press and even recorded a Facebook video attacking the media for ignoring WikiLeaks documents about Clinton.

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  • When WikiLeaks leaked diplomatic cables in 2010, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee advocated for executing U.S. citizens for treason if they worked with the organization.

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  • Once WikiLeaks turned its attention to Clinton, though, Huckabee was ready to discuss Hillary Clinton’s “criminal enterprise,” as he called it, on “Hannity.” He didn’t, however, have anything to say about where the leaks came from or whether the leakers should be brought up on treason charges.

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  • Trump had strong words for Wikileaks in 2010. As CNN reported, in an interview with radio host Brian Kilmeade, Trump said of Wikileaks, “I think it’s disgraceful, I think there should be like death penalty or something.”

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  • During the campaign, though, Trump’s support for WikiLeaks was hard to miss. He tweeted over and over again about things WikiLeaks documents about the Clinton campaign, and said at one campaign rally in October, “WikiLeaks has provided things that are unbelievable.”

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  • While Trump repeatedly tweeted about documents released by WikiLeaks aimed at damaging Clinton, he also tweeted it was the “dishonest media” that claimed he was in agreement with WikiLeaks.

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Republicans were fans of WikiLeaks during the election, but now the U.S. is looking to charge members of the organization

Over the years, Republicans — particularly Donald Trump supporters — have done a 180 (or a full 360) in their remarks about WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange. When he leaked on Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016, some Republicans said he was doing America a great service. But now the Trump administration is poised to attempt to convict Assange and WikiLeaks for their leaking activities. Here are five times Trump and his supporters have flipped on the matter.

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