Assange 'Forced' to Take $1.5M Book Deal Because he's got some legal bills By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff Posted Dec 26, 2010 11:57 AM CST 7 comments Comments WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks to members of the media as he leaves a police station in Beccles, England, after complying with his bail conditions, Friday, Dec. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (Newser) – The world's favorite rogue publisher has landed himself a book deal, but not because he wanted to. Infamous WikiLeaker Julian Assange will pen his memoirs for a reputed $1.5 million, reports the Australian, but he's doing it not for ego, but money. "I don't want to write this book, but I have to," he said. "I have already spent $307,408 for legal costs and I need to defend myself and to keep WikiLeaks afloat."