Lady Gaga visited Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London this weekend, after an invitation from MIA.
The singer visited the Wikileaks founder, who is currently exiled in the embassy after being granted political asylum, after a trip to department store Harrods to launch her perfume Fame.
MIA tweeted Gaga on Sunday, writing: “If ur at Harrods today, come visit Assange at the Ecuador embassy across the st. I’m there. I’ll bring TEA and CAKE.” Just 24-hours later, Gaga then posted a photo of her with Assange. It’s unclear if MIA showed up.
Gaga’s fans were quick to point out on Twitter that US Army soldier Bradley Manning credited the pop star for helping him leak hundreds of thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks, The Atlantic Wire reports.
In Manning’s chat logs with hacker Adrian Lamo, he wrote: “I would come in with music on a CD-RW labelled with something like ‘Lady Gaga’ … erase the music … then write a compressed split file. No one suspected a thing … [I] listened and lip-synched to Lady Gaga’s Telephone while exfiltrating possibly the largest data spillage in American history.”
MIA has been a long supporter of Assange – and revealed that she was personally invited to hear his speech from the Ecuadorian embassy this summer. She has also composed the theme music to his TV show.
The Wikileaks founder is currently confined to the Ecuadorean embassy in London after he was granted political asylum after losing a supreme court challenge to the validity of the European arrest warrant that demanded his return to Sweden for questioning.