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Autobiography of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a sales flop

Martin Robinson Daily Mail 09/30/2011 17:53
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It was the book the founder of WikiLeaks said was published to 'screw' him for cash but despite huge publicity surrounding its release it has become a sales flop. Julian Assange's unauthorised autobiography came out last week but just 644 copies were sold in its first three days in the shops.

Despite containing the explosive admission by Mr Assange that he slept with the two women accusing him of rape it sat at a lowly 537th in the UK book chart yesterday.

In 2010 Mr Assange's WikiLeaks website catapulted him to world stardom after he published more than 250,000 American diplomatic cables, thousands of which were top secret.

But his reputation was hit after the Swedish government attempted to extradite the Australian on suspicion of sexual crimes, which he is still fighting.

In this new book, which he was paid £500,000 to be involved in, he claims the women who say they were sexually assaulted did so because they are either part of the American conspiracy or because he failed to return their calls.

'I did not rape those women and can not imagine anything that happened between us that would make them think so, except malice after the fact, a joint plan to entrap me, or a terrible misunderstanding that was stoked up between them,' he said.

'I may be a chauvinist pig or some sort but I am no rapist, and only a distorted version of sexual politics could attempt to turn me into one. They both had sex with me willingly and were happy to hang out with me afterwards.'

Amongst other sensational claims Assange also says a contact in a Western intelligence agency told him that the American government were considering planting drugs and child pornography or embroiling him 'in allegations of immoral conduct' to get him.

However, after reading the book's first draft, written by Andrew O’Hagan, the 40-year-old tried to prevent its publication saying he had come to the conclusion that ‘all memoir is prostitution’.