Canadian comedian Bobby Mair is standing outside Ecuador’s embassy reading to Julian Assange
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been without Internet for four days. On Tuesday, Ecuador acknowledged it “temporarily restricted” his internet access at its embassy in London, after WikiLeaks published multiple documents from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
But Assange need not worry — he has Bobby Mair on his side.
Like a scene out of Romeo and Juliet, the Canadian comedian has been standing outside Assange’s window at the Ecuadorian embassy, megaphone in hand, singing and reading to the WikiLeaks founder.
“I saw that Julian Assange was having Wi-Fi problems so I decided to go to the embassy and read him the highlights of today’s Internet,” Mair told Global News via direct message on Twitter.
“He seems like a lonely bored man and I thought he might appreciate it. I know how much time I spend on the Internet and the last time I was home alone without it I felt like I was going crazy.”
Assange has been holed up at the modest embassy suite at No. 3 Hans Crescent in London for more than four years, after skipping bail to avoid extradition to Sweden over sex crime allegations. His living situation hasn’t prevented him from continuing to play a pivotal role in exposing state secrets and backroom trade deals through WikiLeaks — until now.
On Tuesday, Ecuador’s foreign ministry said while it stands by its 2012 decision to grant Assange asylum, it doesn’t interfere with foreign elections.
WikiLeaks released the 11th batch of emails from senior Clinton ally John Podesta on Tuesday. Thousands of emails hacked from Podesta’s account have been released over the last few months.
Mair has been reading Assange various tweets, web articles and his horoscope, in addition to offering him some entertainment.
“Phil Collins is touring again so I sang him “In The Air Tonight” because he can’t watch Phil on Youtube,” the comedian said.
But Mair has yet to catch a glimpse of Assange from his window, let alone hear from the WikiLeaks founder.
“I think I’ll wait for him to get in touch through his people. I wouldn’t want to annoy him,” he said. “He’s having a bad enough time already.”
Mair, originally from Stratford, Ont., currently lives in London.
– With files from The Associated Press
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