Julian Assange signs £1m book deal to tell his 'fascinating life'

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London, Jan 8 (ANI): Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website, has signed a one million pounds book deal to tell his life story.

He has signed the deal as he battles extradition over alleged sex offences.

The whistle blower, who is on bail, said that the cash would help him fight charges of sexual assault made by two women in Sweden, which has already cost him about 200,000 pounds.

The 39-year-old, who released hundreds of secret embassy cables of the American government, said it would be a 'highly personal work.'

"I hope this book will become one of the unifying documents of our generation," the Daily Mail quoted Assange as saying.

"In this highly personal work, I explain our global struggle to force a new relationship between the people and their governments," he said.

Edinburgh based Canongate Books has acquired international rights to the book, which will be launched in at least 12 countries in April.

The deal with Canongate is expected to be worth a further 325,000 pounds and money from other international markets and serialisation is likely to raise the total to at least 1.1 million pounds.

In a statement, Canongate said that the 'revelatory' book would draw on his life story to offer insights into the 'mercurial and highly driven man'.

"Assange expands on the philosophies that underpin his stateless, ground-breaking media company.

"Assange, the visionary creator of and driving force behind this new publishing phenomenon, has a unique perspective on how WikiLeaks has evolved into one of today's most influential and fearless news organisations," it said.

Meanwhile, Assange said he would earn 518,000 pounds from Alfred A Knopf, his American publisher. (ANI)

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