WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gets $1.3 million book deal
December 27, 2010
(ChattahBox News) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has agreed to write an autobiography, and he’s expected to deliver the manuscript in March. In an interview with the Sunday Times, Assange revealed that the book will be published in the U.S. by publisher Alfred A. Knopf, a unit of Random House, for $800,000 and he will get an additional £325,000 ($502,000) from UK publisher Canongate Books Ltd. A spokesman for Random House confirmed the deal, but not the amount. “We are very excited to be publishing this book. The work that Assange has been doing at WikiLeaks has tremendous importance around the world,” he said.
Assange claims to be reluctant to write the book but says he desperately needs the money. “I don’t want to write this book, but I have to. I have already spent £200,000 for legal costs and I need to defend myself and to keep WikiLeaks afloat,” Assange told the Sunday Times via Yahoo Tech. Assange is currently defending himself from criminal charges in Sweden, where two women have accused him of sexual assault. After releasing thousands of previously confidential diplomatic cables, Assange’s whistleblowing organization is also under mounting pressure; from cyber attacks on their website to financial companies refusing to provide basic services such as PayPal and Amazon.. It was recently announced that Assange is drawing a salary of roughly $86,000 per year from WikiLeaks, two-thirds of the organization’s salary budget of $130,000.