- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 30, 2017

Pamela Anderson thanked Vice President Mike Pence for “supporting protection of sources for journalists” after her attempt to approach the Republican in New York City was reportedly thwarted by Secret Service.

The New York Post reported Wednesday evening that the former “Baywatch” star tried to use her “charms” on a Secret Service agent to gain access to Mr. Pence at the JW Marriott Essex House in Manhattan.

“The Secret Service agent practically swooned and fainted when she walked up to him and started pressing her finger on his badge. Pam said, ‘I’d like to meet the vice president,’” an unnamed witness told The Post. “The agent did get it together enough to politely refuse, saying the vice president was busy.”

Ms. Anderson later told The Post that she admired Mr. Pence for his record on preserving a free press, specifically his past support as a congressman and the governor of Indiana for a federal media shield law to protect anonymous sources.

“I wanted to thank [Mr. Pence] for supporting protection of sources for journalists,” Ms. Anderson said. “He is heralded for co-sponsoring proposals for a ‘federal shield law,’ which I deeply admire. This action would have allowed journalists to keep confidential sources secret — even if the government requested them.”

She said she also wanted to gain Mr. Pence’s ear in order to advocate for the pardon of her close friend Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who has been holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy since 2012 after Swedish prosecutors filed rape charges against him. Mr. Assange has denied the charges, which were eventually dropped, but he has refused to leave the embassy over fears he could be charged in the U.S. due to his perceived role in publishing secret documents.

“I really wanted to mention this — it is a topic close to my heart,” Ms. Anderson told The Post. “Julian Assange deserves a pardon, and I thought I might be able to help. Julian is a hero to most of the world’s youth and free-minded thinking people. America needs to be on the right side of history.”

Mr. Pence spoke in Queens on Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations vote that established Israel as a sovereign state. He announced plans to visit Israel next month to address the Knesset, the country’s legislature.

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