Pamela Anderson defends Assange: 'There were two sides to this election'

Pamela Anderson is staunchly defending Julian AssangeJulian Paul AssangeUS to question Assange friend jailed in Ecuador: report US to question Assange friend jailed in Ecuador: report US extradition case for Assange set for next year MORE against critics who accuse the WikiLeaks founder of helping Russia meddle in the 2016 presidential election, saying the "whole saga of 'foreign intervention' is fundamentally absurd."

"The elections have neither been rigged, nor have voters been intimidated or deceived by misinformation," the former "Baywatch" star writes in a Daily Beast op-ed published Thursday. "The only thing that happened is that the disclosure of true information about a candidate‘s character and conduct hurt her campaign and may well have caused her defeat. So what? That’s democracy," writes Anderson, in reference to 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBroadway play 'Hillary and Clinton' closing early due to low ticket sales Broadway play 'Hillary and Clinton' closing early due to low ticket sales Facing challenge from Warren, Sanders touts strength against Trump MORE's campaign. "Stop whining and grow up!"

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"So you say the Mueller Report proves Julian guilty?" the 51-year-old actress and former model wrote in her piece. "Well, then let’s talk about it: The report does not claim that Julian hacked the [Democratic National Committee]. It only says that he sought to 'obscure' his sources, as any serious journalist would do, and to 'release' information at times that were beneficial to the Trump campaign."

"Oh well, too bad for Hillary that there were two sides to this election and that some people wanted someone else to win!" writes Anderson. "Now isn’t this the nature of any election, except those designed to confirm dictators, autocrats and others feeling 'entitled' to positions of power?"

Calling him an investigative journalist, Anderson says Assange, 47,  shouldn't be "persecuted and jailed" for exposing "the truth" about Clinton.

"While Julian may have influenced the election, he certainly has not interfered with it," Anderson writes. "Hillary lost the election herself, simply because the Electoral College resulted in a majority for Trump. And if you believe the culprits were Russian hackers, well then sort it out with the Kremlin, but keep your hands off our freedom of the press!"

Anderson has been a longtime, outspoken supporter of Assange. In 2017, she called him one of her "favorite people," but did not address rumors of a romantic relationship. 

The WikiLeaks founder is currently serving a 50-week prison sentence in London for skipping bail in 2012. 

U.S. charges have been filed against Assange for allegedly conspiring to hack into computers in connection with the organization's release of classified government cables from Chelsea ManningChelsea Elizabeth ManningUS to question Assange friend jailed in Ecuador: report US to question Assange friend jailed in Ecuador: report US extradition case for Assange set for next year MORE, a former Army private and intelligence analyst.