Skip to comments.Assange signs $1.5m book deal
Posted on 12/26/2010 3:26:19 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange has said in an interview he had signed deals for his autobiography worth more than one million pounds(($A1.57 million).
Assange told Britain's Sunday Times newspaper that the money would help him defend himself against allegations of sexual assault made by two women in Sweden.
"I don't want to write this book, but I have to," he said on Sunday. "I have already spent 200,000 pounds for legal costs and I need to defend myself and to keep WikiLeaks afloat."
The Australian said he would receive the equivalent of $A800,000 from Alfred A. Knopf, his American publisher, and a British deal with Canongate is worth about $A500,000.
Money from other markets and serialisation is expected to raise the total to 1.1 million pounds, he said.
The latest project of Assange's whistleblower website is the gradual release of tens of thousands of US diplomatic cables.
Since this latest project began Assange, who is on bail in Britain fighting a bid by Sweden to extradite him over the sex assault claims, has faced problems financing WikiLeaks.
Credit-card companies Visa and MasterCard and the internet payment firm PayPal have blocked donations to WikiLeaks, prompting Assange to label them "instruments of US foreign policy".
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Why does he hate trees
What’s wrong with wikie publishing hmm ...
Always the cash
May it be leaked as it is written...
Who would possibly want to read a book by this pimp who’s only claim to fame is that he published secret documents he received from an American traitor.
And it will be called “If I did it”, relating how he did or didn’t bed two Swedish feminists. If it goes just a bit more ridiculous...
Its hard for me to imagine who would pay $25 for something that this guy says. And when he describes his act with the two feminists...he has to admit that he actually did have sex with both...which won’t help his case. The worst case scenario now...is that both women then write a book....describing him as an idiot who pretends to be James Bond and can’t function well in bed.
The only problem is this guy is not a whistleblower. Odd that the solider is allegedly in jail; however this fool is out floating around.
Hmmm, sounds like another under the table payoff for doing the dirty work and/or being our little idiot. Just write a book and that’s how we will get your money to you. Heck, we will even make sure the book will sell. Soros or other world government fools at work here?
I would not pay a single penny for such a book or any other book by this guy.
This amount for his autobiography is reasonable. As long as its awarded posthumously. And in the very near future.
Mr. Assange will soon be RICH from his 15 minutes of fame!
Book deals often look like welfare from one liberal to another. The liberal making the payment isn’t using his money, and he probably doesn’t care if the publishing company loses money.
I just knew Bertelsmann was involved.
It would be a shame if the book was “leaked” onto the internet two weeks before it was ready to be published...
Paging Glenn Beck...
Bill Clintons German Paymasters A media company that profited from a close collaboration with the Nazi regime paid the former president a $15 million advance for his autobiography. Was this payment for services rendered?
This is obviously under orders from some high-up leftist to funnel cash to Assange for his defense, not because they expect to make money on the book.
NO cheers, unfortunately.
But still, Merry Christmas.
Of course, the liberal media was going to give A**Sausage a big book deal. By the time his book is ever released, no one will care about A-Sausage to buy the book....he will be surpassed by some new Media-Darling Hacker
ABSOLUTELY! Delicious irony. Every blog on the Internet should postn leaked copies of every chapter, as it is being written.
To save the trees, of course/s.
I doubt we will hear anything in it other than “And I guess that is why yellow makes me sad”. But I want leaked so that no one buys the book, so the idiots backing it don’t get a single cent from their 1.5 mil...
It would be a shame if thousands of copies of it were defaced and made unsaleable in bookstores across America.
LOL Follow the money.
Though there is an @sshole residing in the WH, you've got to consider this:
Assange is just a tool. The entire episode was just an Broadway act. Nothing substantial leaked. US intel knew everything that was going down. We've all been played by another false flag, so you're right - it IS "bullsh*t."
I suggest we all take up a collection and offer it to Julian for a copy of the Birth Certificate. I can’t believe he didn’t find it.
I will not buy any books from that publisher!
I have already spent 200,000 pounds for legal costs and I need to defend myself and to keep WikiLeaks afloat.
The sum mentioned in pounds sterling is the equivalent to 308,000 US dollars. Apparently some of his devout supporters, one of whom appears with bland tones on television, do not go pro bono. Ah, lawyers! When the Canadian government had to wait two years to extradite the Air India bomber, he had been complicite in murdering 329 innocent souls. 1982, He fled to Birmingham, England. I understand over 15 million dollars have been spent on this man in legalities, though he is still in jail.
The lawyers must be smelling blood (money) here. Assange is the quintessential canting hypocrite. He only cares for Assange. The rest is, how much has he used dupes.? Manning is one and he will pay an awful price. As time evolves, how much Assange will eventually be used, by even more devious men than he? .
The lawyers will get most of that.
He should have kept his mouth shut.
What’s a good name for Assange? One that won’t conflict with Rush’s “Leaky Leahy.” Miss/Ms. Leaky?
I know that wasn’t the most clever of choices, but I just look at his name and saw that the only thing missing was the “L”...
Julian Assange needs to be put down for a dirt nap.
Bump for later
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