By Julian Assange
In December 2010, Julian Assange signed a freelance with Canongate Books to write down a ebook - half memoir, half manifesto - for book the subsequent yr. on the time, Julian stated: 'I desire this booklet becomes one of many unifying files of our new release. during this hugely own paintings, I clarify our international fight to strength a brand new courting among the folk and their governments.' finally, the paintings used to be to turn out too own. regardless of sitting for greater than fifty hours of taped interviews discussing his existence and the paintings of WikiLeaks with the author he had enlisted to assist him, Julian turned more and more bothered by means of the concept of publishing an autobiography. After studying the 1st draft of the publication on the finish of March, Julian declared: 'All memoir is prostitution.' In June 2011, with thirty-eight publishing homes worldwide dedicated to liberating the booklet, Julian advised us he desired to cancel his agreement. We disagree with Julian's evaluate of the publication. We think it explains either the guy and his paintings, underlining his dedication to the reality. Julian regularly claimed the booklet used to be good written; we agree, and this additionally inspired us to make the e-book to be had to readers. And the agreement? by the point Julian desired to cancel the deal he had already used the development cash to settle his criminal accounts. So the agreement nonetheless stands. we've made up our minds to honour it - and to post. This e-book is the unauthorised first draft. it truly is passionate, provocative and opinionated - like its writer. It fulfils the promise of the unique thought and we're proud to submit it. Canongate Books, September 2011.