Julian Assange, Wikileaks founderWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange cleared one legal hurdle last week when he was granted bail in the U.K. over sexual assault charges filed in Sweden. And as the embattled 39-year-old Australian hacker's lawyers fight his extradition, he'll be working on a memoir. The book will be published in the U.S. by Knopf, a division of Random House, and in the U.K. by Edinburgh-based Canongate.

Canongate publisher Jamie Byng confirmed the news to DailyFinance by email, adding that the U.K. publisher was handling all translation rights. (A spokesperson for Knopf was on vacation and didn't return request for comment.) Caroline Michel of the U.K.-based literary agency Fraser, Peters & Dunlop brokered the English-language book deals, and both publishers expect Assange to deliver a finished manuscript by March, with plans to publish later in 2011.

Interest in Assange is at fever pitch since WikiLeaks began disseminating more than 250,000 diplomatic cables in late November. Companies such as Visa (V), Amazon (AMZN) and PayPal have cut off the organization's ability to collect donations and existing funds, and Time magazine passed over Assange for Person of the Year, giving Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg the honor. As a result, a memoir from Assange is a logical step, since the book will have great interest for his many admirers -- and just as many detractors.

Interestingly, news of Assange's memoir first came through in Spanish, when Claudio Lopez, head of the literary division for Random House's Spanish-language division Mondadori, posted a message on Twitter Monday afternoon. That's even more ironic since rights to the memoir haven't sold yet in Spain, though that will almost certainly change -- as it likely will in other countries around the world.

Speaking of irony, what are the chances the book gets leaked before it's published?

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mjleffers

In the long run Assange is more likely to anger the wrong person when he lets out bankers secrets.
Governments watch each other so close no one wants to shoot first. It's easier for them to spin and smile away his poison in unison, seeing at any time the end of the tunnel, when they nab the leakers and prosecute them for treason, as it should be.
Bankers on the other hand have too much at stake, many are tied to bad money knowingly in some way and someone in that community is more likely to push the button than any government. People and money, it's human nature Mr. Assange. Banks have by and large been quite cut throat throughout this recesssion. I am not a professional in the studies of criminals or humanity, but i know if you mess with the big guys money and it crosses a lot of borders any claims Assange has made before about governments being after him will pale to what some amateur banker that has just lost billions may do. EEEOUCH.
Just a thought that crossed my mind.

December 21 2010 at 3:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stephen B.

How anyone could defend this decayed piece of humanity is beyond me. People have been executed or are doing life in prison for far less then what he has done and he's being treated like some kind of celebrity. He needs to be tried, convicted, and put away from society if all this proves to be true. Let the inmates show him what real justice is. My guess he will be treated just like a child molester or rapist.

December 21 2010 at 1:50 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Hi RON

I hope Julian is writing his memoires or book while in a JAIL cell someplace!!! I would NEVER buy it...

December 21 2010 at 1:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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ziegler21wp

OK AOLers, Let's make sure that no one we know buys this book, that we let any possible publisher know that we will not look kindly on their decision to publish it, and will express our displeasure to those in the media who gin up possible sales by mentioning it! Market forces at work!

December 21 2010 at 12:17 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
scotzila98

Who cares about his life.

December 21 2010 at 11:18 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
supermat1

Julian Astrange, Julian Ass#%&!. What if someone asked you if you wanted a Julian massange? A guy with the name of Julian just doesn't have a chance of turning out normal. I bet he never really fit in. When he finally gets a cellmate, I bet it will fit in just fine.

December 21 2010 at 10:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nitamariepa

Isn't this guy is just lapping up his undeserved fame. He's been arrested for rape as classified under the laws of Sweden and people brush it off. He is in receipt of stolen information that could possibly hurt innocents and people say good for him. He is a hacker that invades people's privacy. He attacks corporations that disagree with him by hacking into their systems (retaliation?) But worse - his ideology for world kayos is behind his actions and still many look at him as a hero. I do not want my country destroyed and turned into kayos. I know our government as ALL governments cover things up. But it's my government, it's my country and I don't want no GD foreigner invading my government. His presentation for free speech is a front for his ulterior motive and people just hop on the ride without looking at exactly what's fueling the band wagon. So if he believes in being transparent - his lawyers should be embracing the press and publically posting his entire defense or is he is just a tad contradictory.

December 21 2010 at 10:49 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
racurrry

Guilty, guilty, guilty. Lawyers get guilty people off with every technicality and the victims are the ones who suffer. Since our police and political system is so corrupt, we should resort to being vigilantes. First on the order book would be to hang all of the lawyers.

December 21 2010 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
racurrry

Once the bastard is convicted and placed in prison, his rights to write memoirs or any other sort of income should be denounced.

December 21 2010 at 10:19 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
rjmmillis

Good thing its not 50 years ago because if he is found guilty he probly would get the fireing squad.

December 21 2010 at 8:29 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply