WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has signed a book deal with US publisher Random House that could fetch him more than $1 million.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the former hacker, who is currently under house arrest in Britain, has signed a deal with Random House and other publishing houses in Europe that could make him $1.1 million richer.
A spokesperson for Random House confirmed that Assange, who is wanted in Sweden on rape and molestation charges, has indeed signed a deal with the company and they expect that the manuscript will be delivered in 2011.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, Assange informed that he was set to receive £325,000 from UK publisher Canongate Books and $800,000 from US based Alfred A. Knopf publishing house, a unit of Random House.
“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 WikiLeaks afloat,” he told The Sunday Times.
Assange could potentially earn even more money if he decides to become a guest speaker or an advisor, walking in the footsteps of former presidents and price ministers.