With his flash of silver hair, mysterious ways and anti-establishment plaudits, it’s not a big shocker that Wikileaks founder and newly minted Trump supporter Julian Assange has become more than just a controversial news figure: He’s morphed a celebrity (at least in some circles).
And stars attract stars, so it makes sense that, even as he’s remained virtually trapped in Ecuador’s London Embassy for the last four years, he’s pulled a number of other famous names and faces into his orbit—Pamela Anderson being only the most recent and colorful example. Below are the notable men and women who, one way or another, have been in the celeb leaker’s camp at one time or another, for one reason or another.
As you probably know by now, the sexy ex Baywatch icon is so pally-pally with Assange that she recently delivered him some vegan food and much-needed company at his “home” inside the Ecuadoran Embassy in London. The company was apparently appreciated. The food was called “torture.”
Back in 2012, the pop star made a similar kind of publicity-grabbing visit when she stopped by the Embassy for tea and a chat. Time—and the continuing questions over his alleged sexual assault of a young woman—have apparently come between the two, but they’ll always have the memories.
If you read quality novels in the late ‘90s to early ‘00s, then you’ve probably at least thumbed through Roy’s massive bestseller and award-winning debut, The God of Small Things. Perhaps as part and parcel of her stance against the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, Roy (and many other celebrities) signed a 2016 petition asking Britain to allow Assange to “walk free” after he fled to the Ecuadoran Embassy in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden on the rape charge. She also offered this statement of support with no mention of the rape, and she still sees him as a victim.
The veteran British director also signed a 2012 petition to free him and, in the same year, joined others to donate funds to cover Assange’s £140,000 UK bail. Assange essentially skipped bail when he darted into the Embassy, meaning that Loach and other supporters will never get their cash back unless they can encourage Assange to surrender. Loach, for one, isn’t likely to do so.
It’s a case of smarm loving smarm. In Assange’s heyday of 2010 to 2012, Maher was right there with the others signing petitions and giving public support to the Wikileaks founder. Since then, the two have stayed in contact through interviews, though a recent one indicated that Maher isn’t into Assange’s pro-Trump turn.
This is an interesting one. Cumberbatch was already a supporter of Wikileaks’ mission when he took on the job of playing Assange in the 2013 film, The Fifth Estate. Assange, apparently a fan of the actor, was into it at first, but when he received more details of the script, turned against the film and its makers, sending letters asking Cumberbatch to reconsider doing the project. After it came out, Assange again released an open letter praising the actor’s work and railing against the film. Throughout, Cumberbatch maintained his qualified support of Assange, but no word on if the two are chill at the moment.
Always a rabble rouser (often in a cool way) the former Maya Arulpragasam was an early and avid celeb supporter of Assange who not only hooked him up with Lady Gaga, but wrote the theme song to his web show and Skyped him into one of her concerts. The love was clearly a two-way street, though there hasn’t been much news about the two in the last three years.
Stone, as you might expect from someone who directed a movie about Edward Snowden, showed up to the Assange party early by signing petitions, visiting him at the Embassy and speaking out repeatedly. More recently, he’s done Assange a service by denying that either Wikileaks or the Russians were behind the DNC hack, calling it an “inside job.”
Dame Vivienne, the reigning queen of British fashion, is a true member of the anti-establishment establishment who got her start in the punk movement of the ‘70s and even now champions progressive causes by driving tanks around suburban England. Is it any wonder then that she dedicated her Spring/Summer 2017 show to her confirmed friend, Julian Assange?
We could go into the details here, but really, Moore’s inclusion on this list is perhaps one of least surprising things to ever have happened. These two were made for each other.