TOMMY Robinson has called for Julian Assange to be freed after claiming he spoke to the WikiLeaks founder while at Belmarsh Prison.
The English Defence League founder emerged from the Category A prison Belmarsh in South East London with a copper beard on Friday.
The 36-year-old was jailed for nine weeks after being found guilty of contempt for live-streaming a video outside a child grooming trial.
In a message to followers on the encrypted Telegram app, Robinson wrote: “As I lay in bed early on this Sunday night all I can think is FREE JULIAN ASSANGE.”
The 49-year-old Australian is still at HMP Belmarsh for breaching bail after fleeing to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012.
Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, said he didn’t meet Assange in person because he was being held in an isolation unit.
However, he claims he did spend half an hour talking with Assange through a window shortly before his release.
Robinson told his former employer Rebel Media that Assange’s room in a separate health ward overlooked an exercise yard he worked out in.
He didn’t say what the pair discussed because he didn’t know if the WikiLeaks founder would allow it.
It is understood such conversations were never formally witnessed or recorded by prison staff.
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Robinson was caged for nine months in July for contempt of court after live-streaming defendants outside a sex-grooming trial – but he spent just 66 days behind bars.
During his time at Belmarsh, Robinson was visited by hate-figure Kate Hopkins and former Brexit Party leader Catherine Blaiklock, who was forced to resign due to racist tweets.
The Sun Online has contacted the Ministry of Justice for comment.
Who is Julian Assange and why is he in prison?
The 47-year-old is an Australian who spearheaded the anti-secrecy group Wikileaks to expose the inner workings of governments, military and trade deals around the world.
In 2012, he fled to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in a breach of bail after Swedish prosecutors called for him to be extradited over an alleged sexual assault.
In April 2019, Ecuador’s new president Lenin Moreno said the country was withdrawing Assange’s diplomatic immunity, meaning police were free to enter the embassy and arrest him.
He was then arrested by the Met Police for “failing to surrender to the court”.
He is wanted for questioning over an alleged sexual assault in Sweden, which he denies.
Assange’s lawyers also fear he could be extradited to the US on hacking and espionage charges.
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