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Assange inks book deal to fund Sweden legal fees

Assange inks book deal to fund Sweden legal fees

Published: 27 Dec 2010 12:25 GMT+01:00
Updated: 27 Dec 2010 12:25 GMT+01:00

Assange has announced that he would use the profits for legal costs, the Guardian reported on Sunday.

He is currently fighting an extradition request to Sweden after two women accused him of sexual misconduct, charges that he denies. An extradition hearing to Sweden is scheduled for February 6th to 7th, the report said.

He told the Sunday Times that he was forced to enter the deals for an autobiography due to the financial difficulties he and the site have encountered.

"I don't want to write this book, but I have to. I have already spent £200,000 for legal costs and I need to defend myself and to keep Leaks">WikiLeaks afloat," he told the Sunday Times.

Assange has reportedly inked a $800,000 deal with American publisher Alfred A. Knopf, while a British deal with Canongate is reportedly worth £325,000.

According to Assange, legal costs for the whistleblowing website and his own defence have reached £500,000. In addition, the decisions to halt donations to WikiLeaks by Visa, MasterCard and PayPal have cost it £425,000, the same amount it costs the website to publish for six months.

At its peak, WikiLeaks was receiving £85,000 a day, according to Assange.

The Guardian added that Assange is more concerned about his potential prosecution in the US due to the leaked data on WikiLeaks than a potential extradition request to Sweden.

He believes President Barack Obama is "trying to strike a plea deal" with Bradley Manning, the alleged source of the diplomatic cables.

Previously, Assange had told the Guardian that WikiLeaks was struggling with funding to pay its legal bills despite the amount of time a number of lawyers had donated to the organisation.

Assange was released on bail two weeks ago and currently lives under virtual house arrest at a supporter's country mansion in eastern England.

TT/The Local/vt (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

15:27 December 27, 2010 by GLO
Assange is a Enemy Combatant and should not benefit from any form of public profit.
15:41 December 27, 2010 by dwb5555
This guy is a real baby. If you can't do the time (or pay for it ) then don't do the crime. He could save alot of money if he would buy a plane ticket to sweden and end all this poor me stuff. The USA is not trying extradite him from sweden. They would have alot easier time in Uk because more public support in UK to convict him of something.
15:48 December 27, 2010 by saraswed
a book deal BINGO,i guess all his heartdesires are coming to fulfilment .

this is another heart desire

Assange is more concerned about his potential prosecution in the US due to the leaked data on WikiLeaks than a potential extradition request to Sweden .

i pray you fulfil all this desires.cheersmate
17:08 December 27, 2010 by johnny1939
I am so very sick of the Assange saga and what may or might happen to him. Let him rest in peace. He has had more than his 15 minutes of fame.
20:54 December 27, 2010 by trevmar
Assange: "Sweden is The Saudi Arabia of Feminism"

Assange is not a Swede, he was an honoured guest who apparently was not aware of Swedish law and precedent. He says he has been forced to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on lawyers as a result of his (apparent) misunderstanding of Swedish law. Sweden needs to address this issue. It is certainly uppermost in my mind -- if I travel to Sweden, can I be accused of 'fondling-assault' based on a chance meeting in a lonely corner of a restaurant? What defenses are available to a male? Will the word of females always be presumed as truth? This is "he said - she said" taken to extreme. Is this as common in Sweden as Assange's quote impies?
21:50 December 27, 2010 by sgt_doom
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23:10 December 27, 2010 by Smiling Canuk
I hope the book is a best seller. It seems Sweden has singled him out unfairly from what I can understand.
03:07 December 28, 2010 by Tomexpat
How do most people in Sweden feel about this Assange sex charges story?

Does anybody know of another web site that I can consult about it?

Is there a way that I can dialogue with others about this frightening revelation about a radical feminist State? Maybe this radical feminist control is a coming trend.

Trevmar, you seem like a reasonable person. What other sources should I consult?
03:09 December 28, 2010 by dt804a
Assange and his book are insignificant, but some of the revelations are very important. A case in point is the batch of documents concerning the Norwegian vilification of Israel, as reported in

http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=201206

Scandinavia in general, and Norway in particular, have taken the lead in vilifying Israel while turning a blind eye to the war crimes of the Arabs all over the Middle East, including the persecution of Christians in Iraq and the shelling of Israeli population centers by Arab terrorists in Gaza.

For exposing the Norwegian attitude, Assange should be thanked.
06:42 December 28, 2010 by SweetBlue
"I don't want to write this book, but I have to. - Julian Assange

Really? Have to? It is his choice to run Wiki Leaks. It was his choice to behave (negative or positively) with his accusers. It is his choice to write his autobiography for money. Mr. Assange, show me where you have a gun pointed at your head demanding you to write a book.

If you are not victimizing someone, then you are a victim? Personally, I am sick of him and his drama.

If you don't want to write these books, don't write them. Get your "sponsors" to help you out..
08:40 December 28, 2010 by ghoti
To GLO (first post):

Do you even know what an Enemy Combatant IS? Assange is no more at war with anyone than any newpaper or web site worldwide that taken the information Wikileaks has released and put it in front of our eyeballs. If the PUBLIC wants to know these things, news organizations will try to provide it. Wikileaks is just a bulk provider. The market behind your news buffet.
11:42 December 28, 2010 by johnny1939
To trevmar. Most Swedes are not aware of the finer nuances of "rape". I have asked around among my fellow countrymen and they do not know if it infact is against the law to have casual sex w/o a condom. There is probably a lot of "rapists" running around the country. That is why the story is so very strange. If you travel to Sweden be sure w/ whom you engage and stay out of student lounges.
15:40 December 28, 2010 by trevmar
Johnny1939, thanks for your response. I have visited Sweden many times, often for presentations at Karolinska. Sadly, I am a (male) University Professor, and frequently find myself discussing science with students, sometimes individually. It is clear I need to take more care. This is a very sad development.

I am not concerned about the specifics of the Assange case, he clearly stepped over lines I would not go near, but I am concerned at the manner in which the women's accounts seem to have been taken prima-facie as a true record of what happened. That would allow for lesser allegations such as "groping" if there were no independent witnesses. 30 years ago one of my male students made a similar unfounded allegation against me, and it took an awful lot of my energy to deal with the kerfuffle which resulted. To not be able to leave Sweden until any allegations were resolved would be a real risk for me, I am afraid. I am not sure I want to take that risk.
18:12 December 28, 2010 by Rebel
dt804a, it is sad that in Scandinavia Christian victims of ethnic cleansing in the Middle East, as well as attacks on Jews/Israel is politically correct and acceptable. Israel is not the demon that some would like to portray it as.
18:24 December 28, 2010 by Tomexpat
TREVMAR:

I am not surprised that you are a professor. You are cognizant of the dangers that the sex charge "witch-hunt" presents. Why do you think that other people, particularly men, are so insistent that Assange is a "rapist"?

I think that men are basically conditioned or brainwashed. They know that every time they act in a "chivalrous" way they will get accolades and smiles from the women in their world. This is THE most important thing to most men. They don't care about the policy implications of a "shoot-first and ask questions later" policy with respect to rape allegations. Worse, they think that if they are always "out in front" piling on other guys who are accused, that it will serve to protect them from being accused in the first place. They may be right.

This is the strategy of choice for underachieving men. They don't have to accomplish anything in their own lives, just snipe at other men who have and try to get status points for doing it. This Assange case demonstrates it. This Claes Borgstrom guy is a loathsome person. He tries to climb up the political ladder by accusing men of sex crimes knowing that b/c he is 66 he is basically not going to ber accused, plus since he is a known crusader on the subject, he will probably "get a pass" even if he were to be a true letch.

This is a total corruption of society and the legal process. It takes a very sophisticated culture to overcome it and I don't even know if there is one on earth...possibly Germany, UK, or Japan? Forget the US or Australia. Bunch of total hysterics over there.

BTW, what countries would you put in the category of having a more balanced approach to purusing sex allegations? I am exploring the issue.

Please advise me TREVMAR!!!
19:06 December 28, 2010 by buckrogersday
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15:36 December 29, 2010 by landofthesheeple
I can hardly wait for the Movie version of this Book : )
21:56 December 29, 2010 by sgt_doom
Say, isn't that Jeppsen Systems AB in Goteburg, or Gothenburg for English speakers?

Wasn't that Boeing subsidiary, Jeppesen Dataplan heavily involved with the transport of torture victims? (They were known as Boeing's Extreme Rendition Airlines, after all.)

Wasn't it Gothenburg where Marianne Ny's legal unit is located which resurrected the charges against Assange, and isn't it to Gothenburg they want to extradite Assange?

Too many coincidences, especially if there are no coincidences.
13:43 January 2, 2011 by Janis Abens
I can't fathom what crime he has committed, or why people are critical of his actions.... the rape charges seem to be quite shaky, if not a sham altogether, and Wikileaks is journalism. If they put him away, it will only strengthen the struggle for transparency and justice. The Internet is not going away anytime soon, despite the attempts to gag it. Few Americans have any understanding that the US military's might, unilateral actions and, yes, criminal behavior are not appreciated by many others. I guess the "free" press is to blame for that.....
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