Julian Assange to Receive $1.3 Million for Autobiography

Date: December / 28 / 2010 + Comments: 0

Julian Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has agreed to write an autobiography, which should net him around $1.3 million.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, Assange revealed that the book will be published in the UK as well as the U.S. He would receive $800,000 from U.S. publisher Alfred A. Knopf, a unit of Random House, and £325,000 ($502,000) from UK publisher Canongate Books Ltd.

Assange’s motives for writing an autobiography are quite clear: he just 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.

– Julian Assange.

After WikiLeaks came into possession of and started publishing more than 250,000 secret U.S. government cables, the site and its founder have had a great deal of money problems. The site has been battered by DDoS attacks and was refused service by several companies, such as PayPal, Mastercard, Amazon, and the Swiss bank PostFinance.

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Post author: Daniel Semper

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