WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has sold the rights to his memoirs and
could have a manuscript ready by March, according to a report in the
Assange, 39, is currently on bail and living under
house arrest in Britain as he fights extradition to Sweden on alleged
The Guardian reports he has sold the publishing rights to his memoir
to Canongate in Britain and Knopf in the U.S.
News of the memoirs leaked via a tweet from Spanish publisher Random
House Mondadori. Canongate and Knopf are both part of the Random House
stable. The publishing houses neither confirmed nor denied the report.
Assange, an Australian computer expert, has attracted the ire of the
U.S. government after he published several hundred leaked diplomatic
cables from U.S. embassies around the world on his site and in several
news organizations it partnered with, including the Guardian, the New
York Times, El Pais, Le Monde and Der Spiegel.
He is alternately hailed as an advocate for freedom of information
and reviled as a troublemaker.
His former second-in-command Daniel Domscheit-Berg is set to tell the
story of the WikiLeaks site in a book, Inside WikiLeaks: My Time at
the World's Most Dangerous Website, to be released by German
publisher Econ Verlag in January