Assange told the paper he did not want to write the book but was forced into it by financial problems brought on partly by legal costs incurred as a result of allegations against him of sexual assault by two women in Sweden.
“I don’t want to write this book, but I have to,” he said. “I have already spent £200,000 for legal costs and I need to defend myself and to keep WikiLeaks afloat.”
Assange said he would receive $800,000 dollars from Alfred A. Knopf, his American publisher, and a British deal with Canongate is worth £325,000 pounds.
Money from other markets and serialisation is expected to raise the total to £1.1 million, he said.
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