Edinburgh publishing house gets rights to Assange’s book

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A SCOTS publishing house has confirmed it has bought the rights for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s first book.

Canongate, based on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, announced on Twitter today (Fri) that they had bought worldwide rights to the book – except in North America.

The rights for 11 countries had already been sold on to other publishers, all of whom will coordinate to launch the book internationally.

The book will be released in the UK in April this year and Alfred A. Knopf will publish in North America.

Mr Assange said: “I hope this book will become one of the unifying documents of our generation.

“In this highly personal work, I explain our global struggle to force a new relationship between the people and their governments.”

Canongate released a statement today (Thur), which said: “In this revelatory account, Assange expands on the philosophies that underpin his stateless, ground-breaking media company.

“He draws on his own fascinating life story and offers compelling insights into the mercurial and highly driven man who has forced us to radically rethink such basic ideas as transparency, democracy and power.

“WikiLeaks has helped redefine our idea of investigative journalism and our understanding of how information should be disseminated.

“Assange, the visionary creator of and driving force behind this new publishing phenomenon, has a unique perspective on how WikiLeaks has evolved into one of today’s most influential and fearless news organisations.”

The deal between Assange and Canongate has been widely rumoured since the end of last year.

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