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Wikileaks founder gets a (big) book deal

Julian Publisher Alfred A. Knopf Inc. has confirmed agreeing to a book deal with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, the Associated Press reports - and it could be worth more than $1 million.

A Knopf spokesman told the AP that a "principle agreement is in place" and that Assange "is due to hand in a manuscript sometime in 2011." The book's publication date hasn't been determined.

Also from the AP: "Assange told The Sunday Times newspaper that he was forced into writing the book by financial pressures largely linked to his legal fight to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces sex crimes allegations. Assange told the paper he would received $800,000 from Knopf, with another 325,000 pounds ($500,000) from U.K. publisher Canongate."

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