With 15 Minutes Of Fame Rapidly Approaching Their End, Assange Nets $1.5 Million Book Deal

Tyler Durden's picture

With Julian Assange's 15 minutes of fame threatening to cut into royalty revenues, the Wikileaks founder has, for better or worse, decided to monetize on his recent fame. The FT reports that "Julian Assange has signed book deals worth more than £1m in the US and UK, to allow the WikiLeaks founder to cover his legal fees and maintain the whistleblowing site." Specifically, "he has agreed an $800,000 (£520,000) contract with Knopf, a US imprint of Random House, the Bertelsmann-owned publisher, and another £325,000 deal for the UK with Canongate, an independent publishing house based in Edinburgh." And since the publication of these books will likely be predicated upon the continued 'backstopped' existence of the Australian, it is probably quite safe to assume that neither his "insurance" torrent, nor his presumably imminent data dump on one or more US banks will have a bite anywhere commensurate with the much advertised bark.

While many may be tempted to see this as a sell out attempt by the former hacker, his personal opinion is that this is merely an action borne out of necessity:

Although the deals are expected to net Mr Assange more than £1.1m ($1.7m) after the book is sold in other countries and serialised in newspapers around the world, Mr Assange said he had agreed to write his autobiography only reluctantly.

“I don’t want to write this book, but I have to,” he told the Sunday Times. “I have already spent £200,000 for legal costs and I need to defend myself and to keep WikiLeaks afloat.”

Shockingly, Assange is not the only one to soon have to field allegations of selling out:

[Assange] will be racing a disgruntled former colleague to release an autobiography telling his side of the WikiLeaks story. Both books are to be published by divisions of Random House next year.

As to just what the use of proceeds split will be, it is as of yet, unknown:

Mr Assange did not describe how he would divide the proceeds from his autobiography between his own personal legal costs and the operational funds required by WikiLeaks, which he has described as a large and distributed organisation that is not solely reliant on him.

WikiLeaks’ operational costs have more than tripled since it drew up budgeting plans at the beginning of the year, due to the increased scope of information it has reviewed and published. Before “cablegate”, it released huge amounts of files about the Iraqi and Afghan wars.

On the other hand, Assange does deserve the benefit of the doubt: after all the banks and merchant service operators have made public funding for his company next to impossible.

The whistleblowing site relies largely on donations from individuals, but had its fund-raising channels curtailed after several US financial services firms stopped processing payments to its account.

Bank of America, MasterCard, Visa and PayPal have all stopped directing funds to WikiLeaks in recent weeks. They deny Mr Assange’s accusations that the actions were politically motivated. Mr Assange’s Swiss bank has also frozen his account.

That said, there is nothing the big banks would like than to have the broader population perceive Assange as a sell out and no longer give credence to any future disclosures.

In conclusion, Assange has so far demonstrated he is a useful distributor of data, which for the most part has proven to be perfectly innocuous to date, and nothing that nobody with half a brain could not have figured out on their own. Yes, the confirmation is damning of those in control, but it is not like anyone doubted their stupidity in the first place. We have yet to see Assange release something that may actually be a game changer for that most important aspect of modern life: that of financial control. And with each passing day, we, as well as everyone else, are getting increasingly disenchanted with Mr. Assange's disclosure policies: the longer he delays releasing whatever ruinous bank information he has (if any) the less the impact of such data on the banking system will ultimately be. After all there is an economic "recovery" (or so we are brainwashed into believing every day), and fairly soon nobody will even object that Wall Street is staring at a comp pool that is about 6 times greater than the net income generated by the entire industry. Because after all, that is what Ben Bernanke wants. And who even dares to think any more about challenging the Chairman.

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traderjoe's picture

Sell out Bitchez!

Thomas's picture

The guy was a hero a week ago, and now you guys turn on him like dogs. Go figure. How about the fact that he needs to fund an operation that is being strangled. I don't see many other people sticking their necks out. I would expect the anti-establishment crowd on this blog to cut him a little more slack.

Reminds me of Michael Berry, the guy who shorted the crap out of the mortgage market. He made his investors a fortune leading up to that point. As soon as he takes them out on a limb they sue him and drag his ass through courts. He ends up making them a ton of money again. What do all the guys who sued him and then got rich again do? Nothing. Not one of them even apologized. Rise above that standard.

benburnyanki's picture

These lame as posers just tossed some Bill Clinton style politisexsational shite in your ears and eyes again ningkompoops. This dude is CIA knotheads. You know Arabs invented Algebra. You really stupid Gringos now on all that Fluorine Water you got in pipes. (lead in DC too)

CNN Jew Mafia worky hard to keep you dumb ass thinkin' Lohan when you should move your hand from down low and back hi to start paddlin' for Mexico Gringo. USA sucks. Us Mexis are bailin'. Ciao Babies....

Mayer Lansky Jew Mob Boss ran america, not the Sicialian Mafias folks.

All pigs are worthless since they all have families or bitches that would die if they arrest mafia.

So pigs are worthless except to give out tickets. They only show up after you dead or raped so learn jew-jitzu! no pun intended.

Now repeat after me: this is my rifle this is my gun, this one's fer mafia, this one's for c*nt.

Ben Burnyankee say: "We wacked Jesus & JFK for Bank Bustin' and walked, and have a 40 foot container of Gringo Bar-B-Q sauce"

Read Best Bank Book "None Dare Call It Conspiracy":

http://www.filefactory.com/file/b422gc9/n/ndcic.pdf

See NSA and CIA drug dealin' in USA:

http://www.filefactory.com/file/b42304b/n/crackthecia.wmv

 

 

 

Thomas's picture

Thanks Gravitas. I came back to check my junk count. Expected about 100.

SilverRhino's picture

>> How about the fact that he needs to fund an operation that is being strangled.

 

If he'd actually RELEASE some information on the bank in question I might actually buy this one.

Mercury's picture

Totally predictable. I mean, just so you know... He’s kind of a big fucking deal

I've always thought this guy was a jerk off with at least one eye on reality show type PR -  #785039

JW n FL's picture

Sell the idea of how he is a bad, bad man to the sheepeople... sell it! sell the idiots, in the plainest terms possible how Julian... for telling the truth, is a bad, bad man... sell the sheepeople how lies are good, for them and everyone else as well... SELL IT!

Mercury's picture

Politics is not about the search for truth and Assange himself is hardly politically disinterested. If nothing else I'm sure he will make that abundantly clear in his upcoming book.  Whatever freedom-of-information ethos Wikileaks may have had originally it has since been subordinated by Assange's editorial and political agenda.  Personally I am not wild about Assange's political views such as they are apparent to me but your mileage may vary.

Several months ago Assange talked about how simply setting information (or, truth as you may have it) free wasn't quite enough to provoke people off their dumb, lazy asses to do what he wished them to do. Therefore his enlightened spin became necessary to propel the goods (and himself) into the headlines:

So very early on we understood from experiences like this that we would have to, at least, give summaries of the material we were releasing. At least summaries, to get people to pick it up, to get journalists to pick it up, to get them to dig deeper. And if we didn't have a summary to put the thing in context, it would just fall into the gutter and never been seen again.

Full interview here:      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBENlJfZ-f8

What Assange is doing and what you think he is doing (or what his organization once claimed it was doing) may be very different things.

Further down on this page Crocket Almanac has posted links to Wikileaks material sorted by country.  Among them is Cuba, a place of particular concern to myself. Are American shenanigans in Guantanamo (deplorable as they may be) really the only worthy items of note from that particular part of the world in terms of helping other fellow human beings in their struggles against state authoritarianism and official violence - really?

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Further down on this page Crocket Almanac has posted links to Wikileaks material sorted by country.  Among them is Cuba, a place of particular concern to myself. Are American shenanigans in Guantanamo (deplorable as they may be) really the only worthy items of note from that particular part of the world in terms of helping other fellow human beings in their struggles against state authoritarianism and official violence - really?

 

Assange can't publish documents he hasn't received. Apparently, Cubans don't leak much. Perhaps that's why Nixon made sure he had a few amongst his team of plumbers.

Mercury's picture

Or Assange publishes selectively and/or he has conveyed the impression that he is only interested in publishing or cultivating sources for certain kinds of material.   Cuban ex-pats and anti-Castro activists (both on and off the island) are hardly a bunch of wallflowers.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Cuban ex-pats and anti-Castro activists (both on and off the island) are hardly a bunch of wallflowers.

 

Then why would they need Assange to publish their leaks? Let them publish away and you can post the link here.

Mercury's picture

The point is Assange is a political activist with pretty specific ideas about what best constitutes a worthy target and that's not the same thing as purporting to be selflessly working toward the elimination of state secrets or leveling the playing field between people and their governments or making the world more aware of state criminality or setting information free or whatever the hell other great things people think this guy is doing in the name of transparency and justice.

Having watched this thing unfold over the last year one can be forgiven for drawing comparisons to a bunch of college chicks at a Free Mumia rally.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

The point is Assange is a political activist with pretty specific ideas about what targets are most worthy of his efforts

 

So are you part of the "Assange is an America-hating terrorist" brigade or do you associate with the "Assange is an agent of Zionist propaganda" contingent?

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Yes. The "Assange is an America-hating terrorist" brigade likes Israel while the "Assange is an agent of Zionist propaganda" contingent dislikes Israel. The first group are Palinites and neocons and the second group are mainly "truthers."

But they all hate Julian Assange.

Aristarchan's picture

As usual, I was just being a fucking malcontent and a smartass.

Mercury's picture

Primarily, I'm in the Assange Wants You To Think He's A Big Fucking Deal brigade.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Primarily, I'm in the Assange Wants You To Think He's A Big Fucking Deal brigade.

 

Is that what you meant when you said, "Assange is a political activist with pretty specific ideas?" There seems to be a disconnect.

Mercury's picture

No, it's just that Julian is kind of complicated you know? Sort of like he's a loner and he's a rebel, not religious but very spiritual.

He just wants to make the world a better place but....well, other men can only hope to understand by sending him money and women by taking their clothes off...

JW n FL's picture

"Or Assange publishes selectively"

 

Sell It!!!! Spin Master!!! Sell That Shit!!!!

 

Omega 7 is / was a bunch of pushovers hence Castro still is breathing... so shut the fuck up, you have no clue about anything of which you choose to speak.

 

Spin Master... spin the sheepeople a tale..

lawrence1's picture

Once in an art gallery I saw a spray bottle titled
"Guilt Away." "Truth Away" would sell even better to all the sheeple who are truth allergic.

Aristarchan's picture

There is no truth. There is only perception.

Terminus C's picture

ding ding ding... we have a winnar!

perception, perspective and point of view... there is no truth except for that which you believe to be true.

Aristarchan's picture

And that is generally a lie made up of perceptions based on what you desire as reality.

"I hate reality, but it is the only place to get a decent steak."

- Cloquet

Mercury's picture

...and your own, special, perceived truth plus ten bucks will buy you lunch.

palmereldritch's picture

There is only perception.

Ahhhh...'perception'...moral relativism's hotter sister

Aristarchan's picture

True....but you better watch out for her, she has a Syphilis chancre in her left nostril and a colony of nits in her eyebrows.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

"How I Teased the Financial System" by Julian Assange

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

"How I Told the World that I Had Info No One Had, Except We All Knew That Bac Was About to Have a Forclosure Crisis, So the Info I Had Made No Difference Because Everyone Knew It Already"

And the sequal

"I Reveal Information People Should Already Know For a Living"

His news doesn't surprise me, and doesn't impress me.  I mean we all knew Hill was a total biotch, and that drones are wrecking havoc in Af/Pak.  We all know that the corporations do business with Iran.  We know Bac is bankrupt.  Who fucking cares about Assange anymore, TD is right, 15 over!  Put up or shutup!

Instead of discussing the fact that the dollar holds no intrinsic value, we discuss if there is proof that Bac screwed their clients.  Come ON!

Prof Gulliver's picture

His biggest revelation will be that a BAC branch in Tucson, Arizona, refused to validate for parking and that another branch in Dayton, Ohio, doesn't refresh the pens regularly, so customers have to use their own writing instruments.

Yes, it's time for this doofus to quietly go away.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

"I Reveal Information People Should Already Know For a Living"

 

There is a difference between claiming to know something and being able to cite official documents to back up your assumptions. If someone committed a crime against you and you had a suspect in mind but had no proof would you laugh in the face of a man who provided a photograph of the crime taking place?

Is it really a bad thing to have official documentation of US government lies concerning Iranian espionage, the gift of dancing boys from a US corporation to our Afghan allies, US government bribery of foreign officials for support on so-called global warming or the harassment of foreign governments who do not want to feed their populations with GMO crops?

If evidence of such things is a bad thing, then let's petition Tyler to provide no more news, interviews, charts, graphs or data but only guesses and vague innuendos. That ought to make everybody wiser and happier.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

I understand, and it is nice to have Kissenger on tape saying he doesn't care about jews burning in concentration camps because he deserves to be slandered.  So this and that happened and now we talk about it around the water cooler, what are we going to do about it?  There is no action behind Wiki, and I feel it is creating only a swirl of distraction.  I mean, the dollar is not real, it is not constitutional, the National Income tax is unconstitutional.  Yet we care that Hill Clinton mouths off to the rest of the world, and Julian has something on Bac, just wait for it. 

If Assage releases documents that I was not aware of then I will give him credit, until then I will say he should show us the documents.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

So this and that happened and now we talk about it around the water cooler, what are we going to do about it?

And how is that Assange's fault? Sounds like people are pissed off because the more we learn about the crimes of government the more cowardly we know ourselves to be because we do nothing about it.

 

If Assage releases documents that I was not aware of then I will give him credit, until then I will say he should show us the documents.

Are you saying that you know the contents of all 250,000 cables? I don't think that is even humanly possible. Show me someone who has memorized 250,000 pages of anything and maybe I'll believe you.

Millivanilli's picture

Assange is a CIA operative.  He dumps nothing but junk labeled as a national security nightmare.   The govt. in the pursuit of patriotism- see 911, will censor and control the internet.   Mission accomplished.

Millivanilli's picture

Assange is a CIA operative.  He dumps nothing but junk labeled as a national security nightmare.   The govt. in the pursuit of patriotism- see 911, will censor and control the internet.   Mission accomplished.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Assange is a CIA operative.

 

I guess that makes you Bob Novak.

 

Millivanilli's picture

WIKI LEAKS = WEAK LINKS

 

IF IT LOOKS, SMELLS AND TASTES LIKE DOG SHIT, IT IS.

JULLIAN ASSANGE= CIA OPERATIVE.  NEXT

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

You have once again presented us with supposition instead of fact. Please provide evidence to back up your claim.

chindit13's picture

Crockett,

Wake up, man!  Don't you know Assange has yet to reveal the fact that visiting alien thespians impregnated Alec Baldwin's mother five decades ago?  You think one family can really produce that many actors?  They ain't the Barrymores.

If that isn't proof Assange is CIA, I don't know what is.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

You think one family can really produce that many actors? They ain't the Barrymores.

 

Recently concluded viewing the entire Kung Fu series. In the last season Caine finds his brother and his nephew. The nephew, Zeke, is played by John Blythe Barrymore (half-brother of Drew Barrymore, son of John Drew Barrymore, grandson of the original John Barrymore, great nephew of Ethel and Lionel Barrymore.

But you know what? The kid couldn't act. I mean, he's horrifically bad at it. Bad enough to make a point of going on an Internet forum and telling folks in a completely off-topic post, "That John Blythe Barrymore really stinks!"

New_Meat's picture

Assange is a CIA operative.

 

"I guess that makes you Bob Novak."

No, but I'd buy Richard Armitage.

- Ned

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

First, more than anything, I am pissed he will not release whatever data he has on Bac.  After that, I am not impressed by any of his data.  It is all no shit stuff.  Does he have access to interesting facts?  Of course.  Has he changed the game?  No, Assange has not proven to be the game changer he was hyped to be.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

I am not impressed by any of his data.  It is all no shit stuff.

Have you read all of the cables? What percentage of the hundreds of thousands of documents leaked from governments and corporations around the globe which have been released over the years by Wikileaks have you read?

 

No, Assange has not proven to be the game changer he was hyped to be.

Precisely who promised you exactly what about the material published by Wikileaks?

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

I have read hundreds of them.  I read the ones ZH posted.  Out of the hundreds that I skimmed, I did not see anything that caught my attention.  I chuckled when Hill was busted for being a demagogue, I smiled when the House of Saud showed their oil reserves are declining, I said no shit when Iran was shown to have corporate ties, but yes I knew that news.  So on and so on I was not dumb founded by any news. 

Which cables do you think are ground breaking?  Do you know anything that would make my knees buckle?  If you do not then I will say you hyped him, along with his other uber groupies; and honestly I will not say that your time was wasted, nor his, but I am not impressed by anything I have read yet.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Do you know anything that would make my knees buckle?

Why is that the criteria for relevance? Have you closed your eyes to everything in life that doesn't cause you to fall violently to the floor?

 

Which cables do you think are ground breaking?

Once again you seem to miss the importance of documentary evidence. It is important to have evidence that the US lied about an Iranian spy plane supposedly shot down over Yemen, that the government bribed third world nations to support international global warming legislation, that Dynacorp provided under-aged boys to Afghan contractors, that the US government is actively undermining foreign nations and citizens who do not want GMO crops in their food supply.

How can you not see the importance of having documentary evidence of these malfeasant acts?

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

What changed?  Deatbeat rednecks still think it is a good thing, a necessary evil, that we should fight Al CIAduh as to lock up the opium reserves.  Seriously, and guess what, it is the audacious liberals too!  America wants to keep the world wide police state in lock down.  We all know we kill innocent people to keep the military strong.  Why did Congress pass the world's largest military budget for the 3rd year running?  Democrats are war mongers!  Republicans are War mongers!!  Nobody cares that Iranian spy planes are using government government funds to buy McDonalds for the soldiers.

What can change the idiosyncrasies that undermined the status quo can be understood as unfortunate creating of derivatives and the debt owed by Americans, public and private.  It was easy for them to adapt to a world that is dominated by the reserve currency, the dollar.  The complacency has led to desperation, and it will end in despair.  Along the way the people will be faced by the actions of the empire.  When will that be, I don't know.

There is information that could make a difference.  If the Bac information is released then maybe Americans will stand up because they will be directly affected.  Maybe they will understand that they are the bag holders, they are supposed to pay the debt on the system that Bac is hurting.  Also, what about silver manipulation, does Julian have that too?  We know about the silver manipulation, why are we not talking about that?  The Federal Income Tax is unconstitutional, why aren't we talking about that?  There is much more to talk about than GMO food supply.