Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has agreed to write autobiography, for which he will earn approximately a total of $1.7 million from all international publishers.
UK Newspaper the Times published Mr. Assange’s interview in which he confirmed that a UK publisher Canongate Books Ltd would give him $502,000 and a US publisher, Alfred A Knopf, a Random House unit, will give him $800,000 for his biography. But none of the publishing houses has confirmed the deal amount.
Random House is Germany’s Bertelsmann AG unit. It expects the memoir is expected to be delivered in 2011, but not sure of exact date.
Mr. Assange told Sunday Times that he has to write this book in order to save Wikileaks. He has already spent 200,000 pounds for legal costs and he has to save himself and his company. He said that no doubt he has lots of money but his major money is spent in the ongoing court works and it’s becoming difficult for him to continue. By writing the book, he hopes that he would be able to earn a good amount of money and with that, he can easily fulfill all the loans and can continue running the Wikileaks successfully.
Companies such as Paypal, Bank of America and Amazon etc. have already halted services to WikiLeaks after it published around 250,000 secret US govt. cables.
Julian is also wanted by Sweden government on charge of sex-crimes. Many cases are going on him.