Julian Assange says his internet link was ‘severed’ by state agents hours after claims he was poisoned by a Pret vegan sandwich brought to him by Pamela Anderson.
The WikiLeaks founder’s only connection to the outside world from his Ecuadorian embassy hideout in London was cut today, with supporters saying America was behind the cyber attack.
It came as bizarre rumours spread that Mr Assange may have died over the weekend after a visit from Pamela Anderson, 49.
On Saturday the former Baywatch star walked into the Ecuadorian embassy in London clutching bags from Pret A Manger, the popular UK sandwich shop.
She said afterwards she was worried for his health and when a series of mysterious tweets were sent by WikiLeaks on Sunday his fans feared that he had perished after eating her food.
Assange, 45, who has been hiding in the London embassy since 2012 to avoid sex crime allegations in Sweden, is alive and well according to the embassy and now appears to be the victim of a cyber attack.
At 6.30am this morning WikiLeaks tweeted: ‘Julian Assange’s internet link has been intentionally severed by a state party’, with conspiracy theorists claiming that it is linked to John Kerry’s visit to London to meet Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
WikiLeaks say they ‘have activated the appropriate contingency plans’ as they try to restore his internet link.
It all began when Anderson paid Assange a visit on Saturday at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been hiding out for more than four years to avoid a rape investigation in his native Sweden.
In her hands were two bags from Pret, a popular sandwich shop chain based in the UK.
Anderson, an advocate for animals’ rights, later said that she brought Assange ‘a nice vegan lunch’.
‘He said I tortured him with bringing him vegan food,’ she then joked.
The former Playboy model said the WikiLeaks founder was doing ‘really well’ but expressed concern for him and his family.
The Australian has been living in the embassy for over four years and has been granted political asylum by Ecuador.
He is due to be questioned over a sex allegation in Sweden – which he denies. Mr Assange believes that if he goes to Sweden he will be extradited to the United States for questioning over the activities of WikiLeaks.
The ex-Baywatch star told the Press Association: ‘I really believe in him and think he’s a good person, and I’m concerned about his health, his family, and I just hope that by some miracle he’s set free.’
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Twitter was alight with the conspiracy theory on Sunday night after a series of tweets that appeared to be coded were posted on the official WikiLeaks account.
The three tweets were headlined ‘pre-commitment 1: John Kerry’, ‘pre-commitment 2: Ecuador’ and ‘pre-commitment 3: UK FCO’, the latter appearing to refer to the United Kingdom’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
Each tweet was then followed by a series of numbers and letters, causing many on the social media site to believe they were a ‘dead man’s switch’ meant to be activated if Assange is killed.
The conspiracy theories were also fueled by the fact that WikiLeaks dumped more than 1,000 emails leaked from the account of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, to the public on Saturday.
But Twitter users weren’t only speculating on whether Assange was alive or dead – they believed they knew who his alleged killer was as well: A certain Baywatch blonde bombshell.
But many on Twitter took Anderson’s words seriously – and they weren’t laughing.
‘Don’t trust unconfirmed reports of Assange being alive. The Clinton machine is capable of body doubles,’ wrote one user.
‘ARREST PAMELA ANDERSON NOW’, they added.
‘GET ASSANGE OUT OF THERE AND INTO HIDING,’ a user named Rosa Marzullo frantically tweeted to citizen journalist James Albury.
‘How do we know that Pamela Anderson isn’t working 4 (sic) someone to set him up?’
Roosh V, the controversial blogger who has called for the legalization of rape, tweeted out an article about Anderson bringing Julian Assange lunch.
‘If he’s dead, I’d have that food tested,’ he added.
But fashion designer Vivienne Westwood revealed on Sunday that Anderson had met with Assange to discuss a new trust she wants to set up.
‘I was supposed to take Pamela Anderson to see Julian in the embassy but she got the date wrong, so she went on her own the day after me,’ Westwood told the Mail On Sunday.
‘She told me afterwards that they got on very well. Julian was just brilliant.’
‘Pamela’s trying to help people with her new trust and he gave her some ideas on how to do that.’
Online Source: Daily Mail UK.