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.
Post author: Daniel Semper