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Julian Assange to publish memoirs in 2011?

22nd December 2010

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has signed a deal with Canongate Books to publish his autobiography next year, it has been reported.

The Edinburgh-based publisher did not issue a statement about the deal, but the firm's founder, Jamie Byng, posted on Twitter: 'Word travels fast. The cat is out of the bag.'

According to the Independent, it is expected that Assange will complete writing the memoirs in March next year, although this could be affected if he is extradited to Sweden to face sexual assault charges.

Neill Denny, editor-in-chief of the Bookseller, said Canongate's decision to put out the controversial whistleblower's autobiography is a 'big risk', but claimed the publisher will be hoping to sell between 50,000 and 80,000 copies in hardback alone.

'This represents a high-profile gamble by Canongate because it assumes that Assange is cleared of all charges, but yes, it will be a fascinating book,' Denny told the newspaper.

In an interview with the BBC's John Humphrys yesterday (December 21st), Assange claimed that the publication of confidential diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks in recent weeks is already causing a change for the better in the world's governments.
 

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