#freeAssange apparently destined to become a trending topic…
By Blurt Staff
It’s no secret that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is a polarizing figure; aside from whether or not someone views Wikileaks as a danger or a boon to democracy, even his supporters have been known to express discomfort when the topic of the Swedish sexual assault allegations dogging Assange come up. And, indeed, some partisans claim he’s being railroaded, while others press for a courtroom resolution of the matter. Assange, of course, remains in exile at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, claiming political asylum.
As it turns out, a number of well-known artists, musicians, and media personalities are opting to come down on Assange’s side and plan to appear at a raft of June 19 events in order to mark the fourth anniversary of his entering the embassy. Slated to appear in 14 different cities are Patti Smith, PJ Harvey, Brian Eno, Laibach, Noam Chomsky, Vivienne Westwood, Ai Wei Wei, Ken Loach, Jean Michel Jarre, Amy Goodman and Slavoj Žižek, just to list some of the more prominent names. Visit the Free Assange Now website for complete details on the day, which will include events in New York City, Paris, Berlin, Athens, Madrid, Belgrade and Buenos Aires.
In semi-related, if also semi-bizarre, news, actress Pamela Anderson has penned what she describes as a “poem” that discusses her rumored romance with Assange and offers advice to the world about how to get along – including a proposed “three-way” between the US, the UK, and France.