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
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."

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