Julian Assange Not Writing Memoirs After All

Assange is afraid passages from the book could be used against him by U.S. prosecutors seeking extradition. The Guardian:

The million-pound book deal signed by Julian Assange to write his memoirs has collapsed, the Guardian has learned, after the WikiLeaks founder became unhappy with the process.

Assange signed a high profile deal for his memoirs in December with the Edinburgh-based publishers Canongate and US firm Alfred A Knopf, for a reported sum of £930,000. The rights have subsequently been sold in 35 countries.

At the time, Assange said he hoped the book “would become one of the unifying documents of our generation”. But he also indicated that the deal was critical in helping to fund his legal fight against extradition to Sweden to face accusations of rape and sexual assault.

According to publishing sources, however, the contract has fallen through, at least in its original form, after Assange indicated he no longer wished to write the kind of book that was initially envisaged.

He is thought to have told publishers that the book, ghostwritten by the novelist Andrew O’Hagan, could give ammunition to US prosecutors, whom he fears may seek his extradition on terrorist charges relating to WikiLeaks disclosures.

A spokeswoman for the Canongate said the publisher would not discuss the book “until it is ready to”, and would not make any statement until after next week, when the Australian will appear at the high court in London to appeal against a ruling in February that he should be extradited.

Full story here.

Nat Brown — Nat Brown is a former deputy managing editor of National Review Online.

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