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Julian Assange memoirs deal collapses

7th July 2011

The million-pound book deal for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to write his memoirs has collapsed after the whistleblower became unhappy with the writing process, it has emerged.

Last year, the Australian signed a deal worth GBP 930,000 with publisher Canongate and US firm Alfred A Knopf to produce a book ghostwritten by novelist Andrew O'Hagan, which would lift the lid on many of the allegations raised by Assange, as well as those made against him.

However, the 40-year-old has now changed his mind after fearing, among other things, that the book and further WikiLeaks disclosures could possibly give US prosecutors seeking his extradition on terrorist charges further ammunition.

The rights to the book have so far been sold in over 35 countries, with the official line from Canongate being that the contract is still 'very much alive'.

However, if the deal is salvaged, it is believed any subsequent book may now follow a different format to the tell-all memoir originally envisaged.

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