WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s ‘unauthorized’ autobiography got released in London today.
Assange tried to cancel the contract for the autobiography three months ago, for which he reportedly was paid more than $1 million. Edinburgh, Scotland, publisher Canongate Books said it decided to publish an “unauthorized first draft” of the autobiography.
As per washingtonpost, the 244-page memoir traces Assange’s life from his early years in Queensland, Australia, through to the founding of the whistleblowing Web site that has embarrassed the U.S. government with its release of thousands of diplomatic cables.
There is also a chapter regarding the allegations of sexual misconduct with two Swedish women.He admits sleeping with the two women who have made sexual assault claims against him.But he says the rape allegations are either part of the US conspiracy against him or motivated by his failure to return their calls.
“I did not rape those women and can not imagine anything that happened between us that would make them think so, except malice after the fact, a joint plan to entrap me, or a terrible misunderstanding that was stoked up between them,”
“This book was meant to be about my life’s struggle for justice through access to knowledge. It has turned into something else. The events surrounding its unauthorized publication by Canongate are not about freedom of information — they are about old-fashioned opportunism and duplicity.”
Assange told the Sunday Times last December that he was reluctant to write a memoir, but that he needed the money.
“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.”
Source/Article Credits: washingtonpost