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Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 12/21/2010

Assange reportedly writing memoirs

By Steven E. Levingston

After dumping mountains of secrets about others, Julian Assange is reportedly planning to divulge some information about himself – thoroughly authorized – in his own memoirs. According to press reports, the WikiLeaks founder has signed on with Canongate in Britain and Knopf in the United States to deliver a manuscript by March.

Neither Canongate nor Knopf immediately replied to requests for confirmation.

The Guardian reported that the news first broke through a tweet from Spanish publisher Random House Mondadori. DailyFinance, an online business site, said that Canongate publisher Jamie Byng confirmed the news in an email.

Assange’s book will follow a tell-all by his former second-in-command, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, whose “Inside Wikileaks: My Time at the World's Most Dangerous Website,” will be published in Germany in January and elsewhere in English shortly thereafter.

Assange was recently released on bail from a British jail after his arrest on a Swedish sex-crimes warrant.

By Steven E. Levingston  | December 21, 2010; 12:17 PM ET
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So it would appear the allegedly highly principled Mr. Assange is another opportunist seeking to cash in on his sudden fame/infamy. Or maybe he's simply trying to mount a defense to what he suspects his former colleague might say about him. Either way to my mind he's already suffering from media overload and by the time he publishes his "memoirs" few will care, much less remember.

Posted by: ikeaboy | December 21, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Memoirs, huh? We need a catchy title. How about:

"To All the Girls I Raped Before"
"Little Anarchists"
"From Australia With Love"
"The Idiot, Version 2.0"

Posted by: bbface21 | December 21, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

to bbface21: In my opinion it is unladylike to call someone a rapist unless you've been his victim.

Posted by: youaretheblues | December 21, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I plan on reading leaked copies of both books, and paying for neither.

Posted by: Nymous | December 21, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

But hey, at least Assange isn't obsessed with himself.

Posted by: jeffwacker | December 21, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey, if a vapid airhead like Sarah Palin can do it, why can't Assange? Perhaps in an homage to her he could title it ""Going Rogue 2.0."

Posted by: gce1356 | December 21, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

He should be easily finished by March. It's not like he has a lot of accomplishments to relate.

Posted by: ikins | December 21, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Oh sure, give him a "book-deal" too - everytime someone says "book deal" in this whole sorry-a$$ excuse for an op I know they're paying off that guy for services rendered (even though the whole scheme was a dismal failure), but its not as bad as a Nobel Prize or a Knighthood, huh? lol.

Posted by: darkasnight1234 | December 21, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Oh sure, give him a "book-deal" too - everytime someone says "book deal" in this whole sorry-a$$ excuse for an op I know they're paying off that guy for services rendered (even though the whole scheme was a dismal failure), but its not as bad as a Nobel Prize or a Knighthood, huh? lol.

Posted by: darkasnight1234 | December 21, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse


You nailed more with that title than you could ever believe.

Posted by: Nymous | December 21, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

His memoir should start out with why he raped 2 Swedish women, and why he stole govt documents. He should "leak" the whereabouts of these documents so they can be brought back to safety. He is unwelcome in Sweden, USA, UK and in fact- most countries.

Posted by: vk1537 | December 21, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Hope the little Bill Maher-looking megalomaniac can write fast. He claims to have dirt on The Bank of America Corp., that's going to PO a lot of other countries.

Posted by: dalane27 | December 22, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Domscheit-Berg, who used to go by the name Daniel Schmitt, was once Assange's right-hand man.
They parted ways in the fall after a tense confrontation over how the organization was run.
Domscheit-Berg's issues with Assange's leadership style, the pair's disagreements over the type and frequency of the leaks, and a feud over transparency within the organization led to his exit, precipitated by a one-month suspension for what Assange called "bad behavior."
A chat conversation purportedly between the two men obtained by shows the tension leading up to their split.
"You are not anyone's king or god," wrote Domscheit-Berg. "And you're not even fulfilling your role as a leader right now. A leader communicates and cultivates trust in himself. You are doing the exact opposite. You behave like some kind of emperor or slave trader."

Posted by: mikepatrick1 | December 22, 2010 12:50 AM | Report abuse

To a series of exposures next scandalous details of personal life of WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange were added.

Life style of Assange becomes even more interesting after disclosure of his former lover’s revelations - a young man from Sweden named Ivar Anderson with whom the founder of WikiLeaks had, though not lengthy but very stormy, relations when Assange had been living in Sweden.

Acquaintance of Assange and Ivar Anderson took place on a computer party in Stockholm where the young man (now 27 years) represented a new online project

Casual acquaintance has led to short, but very passionate relations, which Ivar remembers as one of the brightest in his life.
Employment of Assange with his project and randomness of his life, caused also by pressure of police, haven't allowed Julian and Ivar to prolong the relations and soon the founder of WikiLeaks had been compelled to leave Sweden.

Ivar Anderson speaks of his former lover very respectfully and notes such qualities of Assange as: purposefulness and hard work to fanaticism, but also believes that the policy of openness promoted by WikiLeaks, should be extended to privacy of Julian. Therefore, Ivar doesn’t see anything wrong in the disclosure of these facts from the life of Julian Assange.

Frank dialogue of our reporter with the young man was held in one of Stockholm's cafe in December evening after a brief correspondence. And, also aspiring to an openness, we consider expedient to tell our readers this story.


Posted by: pablitisimo | December 22, 2010 3:39 AM | Report abuse

No more Knoph books for me unless they announce they will also publish any unauthorized biographies of Assange. Fair is fair. No money to a sexual predator, and a fugitive from Justice.

Posted by: ChrisW1958 | December 22, 2010 3:56 AM | Report abuse

Gonna have to get someone else to write it, huh?

Posted by: agx48 | December 22, 2010 5:56 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't spend $5 on such a book. However, I am not convinced that Assange deserves to go to prison. The advance money will help cover his legal fees.

Posted by: americanjew1971 | December 22, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

I am sure the two women who against their will had unprotected sex with Assange are thrilled to hear about Ivar. [The fact that they did not consent to unprotected sex is uncontroverted.] The women asked Assange to take an STD test and he refused. The more I read about this guy, the creepier he gets. Some hero.

Posted by: Afraid4USA | December 22, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

America's slimy deals are now an open book thanks to Assange and WikiLeaks; embassies across the globe involved in covering the rear-ends of U.S. business interests involved in everything from subversion to experiments on children for big-pharma. U.S. war crimes covered up and heroes made of murderers. I'll be buying a copy of anything Assange has in a bookstore, and NOT from Amazon!

Posted by: icurhuman2 | December 22, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Why write when he can just leak what others have said? This guy's a scheming LAZY narcissist.

Posted by: jujy54 | December 22, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

This pampered flash in the pan needs to write quickly to maximize his profits or was the script prepared in advance? Maybe he could also do a reality show called Julian Assange's Australia while the iron is hot.

It's no surprise that he's in it for the money and dubious glory from his niche audience.

The interesting story will come from the unauthorized biographies that will report on the money trails, the Swiss bank accounts, and expose his hide-behind-the net cronies.

Posted by: TomMiller1 | December 22, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: 11112 | December 22, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

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