Dame Vivienne Westwood paid a visit to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange tonight at the embassy where he has been living since the summer.

The fashion designer was wearing the T-shirt she closed her recent London Show with, bearing the words "I am Julian Assange".

She is a long-standing supporter of the Australian, but it was the first time she had visited him at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

Mr Assange, who has been granted political asylum by the government of Ecuador, is seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over claims of sex offences.

He fears being sent to the United States over the activities of his whistle-blowing website.

Assange was also recently visited by Lady Gaga who, dressed in witches robes, spent five hours with him.

Assange recently instructed lawyers to try and find a way of suing Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard for defamation.

The move comes two years after Gillard proclaimed in an interview with an Australian radio station that WikiLeaks’ dissemination of classified documents was “irresonspible” and “illegal”.

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Assange giving a speech at the Ecuadorian embassy