Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone has revealed that he visited Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London last week, becoming the latest celebrity to call in on the fugitive WikiLeaks founder at his diplomatic hideaway.
Stone said that he’d had a “hopeful talk” with Assange and observed that the 41-year-old Australian “lives in a tiny room with great modesty and discipline.”
“Strong mind, no sun,friends who visit, work to be done,” tweeted the director. “I don’t think most people in the US realize how important Wikileaks is and why Julian’s case needs support. Julian Assange did much for free speech and is now being victimized by the abusers of that concept.”
Since taking up residence at the Ecuadorian Embassy near Knightsbridge in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces questioning over sexual assault allegations, Assange has been visited by a notable band of supporters from the entertainment world including:
The Artist Formerly Known as Stefani Germanotta spent a few hours with Assange in October 2012, visiting him at the embassy after making an appearance at nearby Harrods to launch a perfume.
The pair dined together and even posed for a photograph in a stunt WikiLeaks hoped would “educate [Gaga’s] support base” about Assange’s work and current plight.
Fasion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood also popped along to the embassy last October sporting a t-shirt emblazoned with her own face and the words “I am Julian Assange.”
After meeting with Assange, Dame Vivienne released a version of the shirt to buy on-line and said: “I support Julian Assange because he’s clever and brave and the founder of Wikileaks – a brilliant organization in the public interest to expose the facts concealed and misinformation published by the authorities for their own protection. “
Rapper M.I.A. has been aiding Assange for some time, from producing the theme tune to his Russia Today talk show to encouraging Gaga to pop along for her visit with the hacktivist.
She’s also been along to Knightsbridge to see him too. In August 2012, the Sri Lankan-born rapper pitched up at the embassy after being personally invited to hear a speech Assange gave from the building’s balcony. She was able to gain unseen access to the building on the day of the talk and tweeted the day’s only images of Assange taken inside the embassy.