Press Release Australia

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Photo by Liz Rosa

ULTRA TUNE SIGNS PAMELA ANDERSON FOR LATEST IN THE SERIES OF UNEXPECTED SITUATIONS TELEVISION COMMERCIALS (TVC’s) AND PAMELA CHALLENGES SCOTT MORRISON TO STAND UP FOR JULIAN ASSANGE

Ultra Tune Auto Service network, recently signed iconic Baywatch actress and animal activist; Pamela Anderson to star in their latest incarnation of their “Unexpected Situations” series of television commercials.

Ultra Tune Executive Director, Sean Buckley stated: 

Pamela is a perfect fit for our brand. She’s sassy, smart, funny, beautiful and a true crusader for women’s rights. Some of our commercials have been called “sexist” and “out of touch” supposedly portraying women in an out-dated manner as “victims” with men always “saving” them. Some have even been banned after complaints to Ad Standards from a verbal minority of politically correct zealots. So we thought, let’s tip this on its head. This time Pamela will be the hero, Pamela will take charge. Let’s see if the politically correct brigade still get their knickers in a knot when a woman saves the day?!

Ms Anderson is expected to be in Australia for filming in the later part of 2019, with the new TVC expected to first air in conjunction with the 2020 Australian Tennis Open and Big Bash Cricket.

I enjoy traveling to Australia. I’ve watched the previous Unexpected Situation commercials. I see them for what they are; tongue in cheek hyper-reality and comedic. Having seen the concept for this next edition of Unexpected Situations, I think this will take the comedy to a whole new level.

What is also important to me about this visit is the opportunity to speak to the Australian people and petition Prime Minister Morrison to intervene on behalf of Australian citizen, Julian Assange, who is being made a scapegoat of and suffered inhumanely for disseminating factual information we all should know about. Mr Morrison made a series of personally, disparaging remarks about me and I’d like to challenge him to debate this matter in front of the Australian people.

When pressed as to what the next TVC will be about Mr. Buckley was somewhat candid and coy.

Pamela will feel right at home location wise for this shoot. She’ll be joined by some familiar faces including the Rubber Girls, Warwick “the Wiz” Capper and our Roadside Assistance guy, but this time we’re going to dial the drama (and comedy) up and rely on Pamela to save the day.

Ultra Tune is Australia’s leading, independently owned after-sales automotive service provider with some 270 franchise stores across Australia.

For more information contact Ultra Tune National Marketing Manager Rod Cedaro at rodc@team.ultratune.com.au or on 0419390318

To discuss interviewing Ms. Anderson during her visit to Australia please contact her manager Matthew Berritt at matthew@pamelaandersonfoundation.org 

Letter to Vladimir Putin President of the Russian Federation

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Photo by David Fierro

The Honorable Vladimir Putin President of the Russian Federation

Dear President Putin,

I’m writing to thank you for making the bold decision to free the whales and orcas held in captivity in a bay near Nakhodka. With the relocations underway, I commend you for committing to releasing the remaining 75 whales and for not permitting the live capture of free- ranging beluga whales and several dolphin species in Russian waters in 2020.

Live capture for these animals is highly stressful and can lead to injuries, deaths, and declines in populations over time. This not only affects the captured animals but also can have ramifications for the entire pod.

Thank you again for your commitment to ensuring that the remaining whales are released and for not issuing new capture permits of any cetacean species in Russian waters. When all the dolphins and whales are swimming freely in the ocean rather than being confined for entertainment, Russia can rightfully take credit for protecting all cetaceans.

I’m sending you my good wishes, as always.

Sincerely,

Pamela Anderson

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Уважаемый президент Путин,

Я хотела бы поблагодарить Вас за смелое решение освободить китов и касаток, которые содержались в неволе в заливе рядом с Находкой. Переселение животных уже началось, и я выражаю вам мою признательность за то, что вы взяли на себя обязательство освободить оставшихся 75 китов и не допустить отлов живых вольных белух и нескольких видов дельфинов в Российских водах в 2020 году.

Живой отлов для этих животных – это большой стресс, возможные травмы, смерть и снижение численности популяции в долгосрочной перспективе. Это отрицательно скажется не только на отловленных животных, но и на всей популяции.

Спасибо за ваше обязательство отпустить оставшихся китов и не издавать новых указов, которые позволяли бы отлов любого вида китообразных в Российских водах. Если все дельфины и киты будут на воле в океане, а не в заключении ради забавы, защита китообразных – станет по праву заслугой России.

Как обычно, с наилучшими пожеланиями, С уважением,

Памела Андерсон

Letter to the Honorable Rob Vagramov, Mayor of Port Moody Councillors of Port Moody

Dear Mayor Vagramov and Councillors of Port Moody,

I love BC and will always consider it home. That's why I was saddened to learn that the beautiful Bert Flinn Park—a safe haven for wildlife—is at risk. I'm writing to urge you to scrap plans for building any future road through the park.

Please consider the bears, coyotes, deer, frogs, birds, and other animals who call the park home. People in BC and around the world have become increasingly concerned about human expansion and deforestation, which kill and displace wild animals. The issue of Bert Flinn Park perfectly illustrates the global struggle between unsustainable development and the ethical imperative to protect nature and its many inhabitants.

I thank those of you who have already supported preserving the park. For those who have not yet done so, I urge you to reconsider your position and become leaders in animal and environmental protection. My friends at PETA and I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Pamela Anderson

Good Morning Britain


Pamela Anderson: Julian Assange Jailed Because ‘There Are a Lot More Secrets to Keep’
Anderson’s memories of a May visit to the Belmarsh prison, where Assange is being held, mirror the concerns a UN rapporteur, who found evidence of psychological torture on Assange after seeing him later that month.

American actress/model Pamela Anderson has issued a fresh call to free WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is locked up in a British prison and is facing an extradition to the United States over the disclosure of incriminating documents on its war campaigns.

Speaking on breakfast show Good Morning Britain live from Vancouver on Monday, the Baywatch star said: “He needs to be set free, first of all. He’s an Australian in the UK waiting for a US extradition.”

She added: “He was right seeking asylum because everything he said was going to happen, happened.”

Anderson, 52, visited Assange at Belmarsh high-security prison in May this year, weeks after he was hauled out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London and arrested by British police.
The model said of the conditions at Belmarsh: “That's not somewhere you want to leave a dear friend, and I care a great deal about Julian. I think he has been psychologically tortured.”

She described Assange as a “good person who has dedicated himself to telling the truth to the public, which we deserve to know, exposing war crimes… He’s sitting in prison because there obviously are a lot more secrets to keep. He’s just a fantastic guy.”

“When he saw me, he hugged me and lifted me off the ground,” she recalled, adding though that Assange was “unhealthy.”

Assange has been serving a 50-week jail term since early May; the UN special rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, who visited the Australian behind bars later that month, said he showed “all symptoms typical for prolonged exposure to psychological torture.”

“My most urgent concern is that, in the United States, Mr. Assange would be exposed to a real risk of serious violations of his human rights, including his freedom of expression, his right to a fair trial and the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” Nils Melzer said following the visit.

The WikiLeaks publisher was convicted for breaching bail in 2012; at that time, he was awaiting extradition to Sweden for questioning on accusations of rape and sexual assault. Assange took refuge in Ecuador’s embassy, denying the charges as being politically motivated and fearing that Swedish authorities were going to hand him over to the United States, which wanted him on charges of espionage.

Assange’s ordeal at the embassy lasted seven years until April this year, when Ecuador’s new president, who is seeking closer relations with the US and the UK, revoked his asylum status. Assange was arrested immediately, and the United States was quick to file an extradition request, signed off by Britain’s home secretary Sajid Javid.

The whistleblower is bracing for a legal battle against extradition, which is set to begin in February 2020. He is indicted on 18 counts that include charges under the Espionage Act, for leaking hundreds of thousands of secret diplomatic and military documents relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which revealed how the US military had covered up the killings of hundreds of civilians.

via www.sputniknews.com

Assange Facts and Support


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Julian Assange Fact Sheet

Julian Assange, 48, is an Australian journalist who founded WikiLeaks in 2006. WikiLeaks has published a full-text searchable archive of more than 10 million documents from the world’s most powerful governments and corporations. WikiLeaks’ files have been cited in tens of thousands of news articles and academic papers. The United Kingdom's Supreme Court decided that WikiLeaks materials were admissible evidence, and WikiLeaks materials have been cited in European Court of Human Rights cases concerning extraordinary rendition and the International Court of Justice concerning the Chagos islands. Assange and WikiLeaks pioneered the encrypted dropbox method enabling whistleblowers to anonymously and securely leak sensitive information to journalists. The WikiLeaks model has been adopted by major media outlets around the world.

Currently imprisoned in London’s HMP Belmarsh, WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange is facing possible extradition to the United States, where he has been charged with 17 counts under the Espionage Act of 1917 for the publication of truthful material in the public interest. Assange is the first journalist in history the US has charged with Espionage for publishing. He also faces one count of conspiracy to commit computer crime based on his alleged reporter-source communications with whistleblower Chelsea Manning. This charge would criminalise basic journalistic activity, as the indictment details alleged attempts to help Manning protect her anonymity as a journalistic source.

The extradition hearing in relation to the United States has been scheduled for February 2020. If extradited, Assange faces 175 years in prison – an effective death penalty – in the United States.

Although the criminal investigation against Julian Assange proceeded in secret, it had been widely reported that a grand jury had been empaneled in the national security court in the Eastern District of Virginia since at least May 2010 and remained active for nine years. In the context of these reports, in August 2012, Ecuador granted Assange political asylum in the embassy of Ecuador, due to the real risk of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, lack of a fair trial, risk of death penalty and political prosecution. Upon his expulsion from the embassy in April 2019, a UK court sentenced Assange to the near-maximum penalty (50 weeks in prison) connected to the circumstances in which he sought political asylum.

Status of the Swedish “preliminary investigation”

In August 2010, a “preliminary investigation” into allegations of sexual misconduct was opened in Sweden. The preliminary investigation is now into its tenth year. Throughout, no charges have been laid against Assange and no decision has been made as to whether the matter should go to trial. This investigation has been closed and reopened three times without any new evidence, most recently after Assange's expulsion from the Ecuadorian Embassy.

A Freedom of Information Act request by Italian investigative journalist Stefania Maurizi revealed that since December 2010, UK authorities had discouraged Swedish investigators from questioning Assange in the UK. This intransigence led to a six-year deadlock in which the Swedish “preliminary investigation” did not progress at all. The Swedish prosecutor departed from the UK Crown Prosecution Service's advice only after Sweden's Court of Appeal finding that the prosecutor had failed in her duty to progress this case, compelling her to travel to London to question Assange in November 2016. The investigation was entirely closed six months later.

Another FOI request revealed that in 2013, Sweden informed the UK that it intended to drop the case. After UK CPS officials pressured Swedish prosecutors, they reversed their decision. The Guardian has reported that UK CPS officials deleted key emails exchanged with Sweden relating to Assange. In May 2019 the Swedish preliminary investigation was reopened. A Swedish district judge decided not to grant the prosecutor's request for Assange's extradition to Sweden in May. The preliminary investigation is currently open.

Assange’s Charges and Potential Extradition

The unprecedented charges against Assange have been condemned by virtually all human rights groups, press freedom organisations, and major news outlets, including the ACLU, EFF, Human Rights Watch, Reporters without Borders, New York Times, Washington Post, New Yorker, Guardian, Committee to Protect Journalists, and Amnesty International. US and EU politicians and other public figures around the world have also condemned the US prosecution against Assange.

The Washington Post Editor Marty Baron said, “With the new indictment of Julian Assange, the government is advancing a legal argument that places such important work in jeopardy and undermines the very purpose of the First Amendment.”

The New York Times said that Assange’s conviction would have “profound implications for press freedoms”, as it would threaten the basic journalistic activities that investigative reporters and publishers engage in every day.

The United Nations’ Working Group on Arbitrary Detention determined that Assange has been held in arbitrary detention and should be released and compensated immediately, and also considered the 50-week sentence. UN rapporteurs on privacy and on freedom of expression have spoken out against Assange’s treatment and potential US extradition.

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer said,

“My most urgent concern is that, in the United States, Mr. Assange would be exposed to a real risk of serious violations of his human rights, including his freedom of expression, his right to a fair trial and the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment."

Grave Implications of Assange’s Extradition

The extradition by the Trump Administration of a publisher in Europe for the “crime” of publishing truthful information would set an incredibly dangerous precedent for the extra-territorial application of US state secrecy laws and interference in the right to publish and media freedom in Europe. The Trump Administration cannot be permitted to dictate what can and cannot be published beyond its borders.

An extradition would invite other states to follow suit, severely threatening the ability of journalists, publishers and human rights organisations to safely reveal information about serious international issues.

Amnesty International said,

“Amnesty International calls on the UK to refuse to extradite or send in any other manner Julian Assange to the USA where there is a very real risk that he could face human rights violations, including detention conditions that would violate the absolute prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment and an unfair trial followed by possible execution, due to his work with Wikileaks.”

Assange’s Journalism Recognitions

Julian Assange has been a card-holding member of the Australian journalists’ union MEAA for over a decade, and he holds a press card from the International Federation of Journalists.

Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have received dozens of awards by human rights, press freedom and journalistic organisations around the world for their contributions to international justice in the public record, including the Amnesty New Media Award, the Sam Adams Award for Integrity, the Sydney Peace Foundation Gold Medal, the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism, and the Brazilian Press Association Human Rights Award, among many others.

So far this year, Julian Assange has won four journalism prizes: a Danny (in memory of the US investigative journalist Danny Shechter), the Serena Shim Award for Uncompromised Integrity in Journalism, the GUE/NGL Award for Journalists, Whistleblowers and Truthtellers at the European Parliament, and Compassion in Care’s Gavin MacFadyen Award.

WikiLeaks and Assange have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for eight consecutive years, since 2011.

Ecuadorian Embassy Asylum and Expulsion

Julian Assange was granted political asylum by the government of Ecuador in 2012 to protect him against the prospect of US prosecution for his journalistic activities. In April 2019, the Moreno government invited UK police into Ecuador's London embassy to arrest Assange, ‘suspended’ his Ecuadorian nationality and revoked his asylum, despite calls from the Inter-American Commission and UN Special Rapporteurs not to do so. The US charges against Assange were unsealed immediately upon his expulsion and arrest, proving Assange's grounds for seeking protection had been legitimate.

Assange is currently imprisoned in HMP Belmarsh, a high-security facility in southeast London. He will have served his UK sentence in early October 2019. In May 2019, Assange was transferred to the Belmarsh medical wing. There are serious ongoing concerns about the state of his health.

According to the investigation by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Julian Assange has been subjected to arbitrary deprivation of liberty continuously since his arrest on 7 December 2010.

defend.wikileaks.org


A few months ago, I was able to visit my friend Julian Assange in Belmarsh prison.

Entering the maximum security prison was distressing,

but leaving was worse.

For publishing information, Julian faces the rest of his life inside a place like that.

I left that jail determined to fight to save his life.

I have donated $300,000 to his campaign and I am asking you to match it.

I ask you to join me, along with many others, to ensure that legal work and campaigning means we can stop him being extradited for publishing the truth. The money

will be used to set him free.

This is the first time in history that a non-US publisher has been charged under the Espionage Act of 1917. All he published was the truth.

So this extradition is not just an ordinary legal case. It is a test case, and if we lose it will set the precedent that no journalist is safe anywhere in the world.

Imagine if North Korea had requested the extradition of an English journalist writing things about them that they did not like. Or for Saudi Arabia to request the extradition of a US journalist. It will have a world-wide chilling effect. Winning this case will be a win for much more than Julian.

I have attached a briefing note and would happily arrange a meeting if you would prefer a discussion. I have also attached details about how to donate.

Please do not stand by. Instead, help us stand up.

Love

Pamela

https://defend.wikileaks.org/donate/

https://shop.wikileaks.org/donate

Letter to Steve Hight, Venue Director Playboy Club London

Dear Mr. Hight,

As you know, I’m part of Playboy’s family and, I like to think, and as Hugh Hefner always told me, its DNA.

I adore the brand’s playfulness and luxury but was confused-and disappointed to learn the the Playboy Club London is serving foie gras. As someone long associated with Playboy whose sons are both members of your club, I urge you to take this cruelly produced item off your menu.

There’s nothing sexy about foie gras- which means “fatty liver.” In fact, It’s downright vile. I’s produced by ramming metal tubes down the throats of gentle geese and ducks in order to force-feed them until their livers swell up, pressing against their lungs and making it hard for them to breathe. It’s notoriously horrid food for which birds are condemned to such intense suffering that its production would be illegal in the UK and more than a dozen other countries.

Selling this abhorrent pâté is not in keeping with the Playboy brand I know and love, and I hope you’ll remove it from the menu right away. Better yet, replace it with vegan faux gras - a 100% humane and delicious dish that is bursting with bold flavors and doesn’t come at the expense of an animal’s life.

Yours truly,

Pamela Anderson