We've found the audio of Prime Minister Scott Morrison's #JulianAssange interview with Hot Tomato – "I've had plenty of mates who have asked me if they can be my special envoy to sort the issue out with Pamela Anderson” #auspol pic.twitter.com/LFiwuyBkWK
Following Andersons appeal to Mr Morrison to help Mr Assange return to Australia, the prime minister discussed the request on commercial radio, saying: Well no, first of all, but next, Ive had plenty of mates whove asked me if they can be my special envoy to sort the issue out with Pamela Anderson.
Responding to the comments, Anderson, a former Baywatch star and Playboy model and a friend and supporter of Mr Assange, wrote an open letter to Mr Morrison and condemned his unnecessary comments.
You trivialised and laughed about the suffering of an Australian and his family, she wrote on the Daily Beast website.
You followed it with smutty, unnecessary comments about a woman voicing her political opinion. We all deserve better from our leaders, especially in the current environment.
Rather than making lewd suggestions about me, perhaps you should instead think about what you are going to say to millions of Australians when one of their own is marched in an orange jumpsuit to Guantanamo Bay – for publishing the truth.
Mr Assange, 47, has been staying in Ecuadors embassy in London since taking refuge there in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault charges.
The case has been dropped but Mr Assange is also under investigation by United States authorities over the publication of classified diplomatic cables and government documents. Court documents accidentally filed by American prosecutors showed that they have been preparing to charge him.
Kristina Keneally, a Labor MP, said on Twitter: I dont agree with Ms Andersons views on Assange – but shes right about one thing: its high time men, including @ScottMorrisonMP, stopped using a womans sexuality & appearance to denigrate her political arguments.