Assange unmasked in Guardian book on WikiLeaks

Julian Assange and WikiLeaks are set to be laid bare in what is being heralded as the "first in-depth account" of life behind the scenes with the whistle-blowing outfit, due to be published in the UK next month.

The book, WikiLeaks: inside Julian Assange's war on secrecy, will be released on 10th February.

Publisher Guardian Books - the publishing arm of the UK newspaper that brokered the site's agreement to release information with publications worldwide - promises it will expose "the real story behind the headlines".

The book's authors, Guardian journalists led by the paper's Investigations Editor, David Leigh, and Moscow correspondent, Luke Harding, are said to have had "unprecedented access to all the major players", including Assange himself.

One of the relationships to come under the spotlight in the book is that between the WikiLeaks founder and former spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a German activist who left the organisation amid accusations that Assange's increasingly public role had alienated many WikiLeaks supporters. Domscheit-Berg later pledged to form a rival group.

The book is also certain to touch on the tempestuous relationship between Assange and the newspaper itself. A recent article in US magazine Vanity Fair revealed that Assange had threatened to sue The Guardian on discovering that the paper planned to publish leaked material it had obtained from another source, without the WikiLeaks founder's permission.

Co-author David Leigh said: "This book will lift the lid on The Guardian's unique partnership with Julian Assange, one of the world's most controversial figures. Readers will have a ringside seat as the extraordinary twists and turns of the WikiLeaks story unfold... This book will bring you as close to the unvarnished truth as you're likely to get."

WikiLeaks: inside Julian Assange's war on secrecy is out in paperback 10th February 2011, priced £9.99.

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