Julian Assange's contracted publishers will be releasing his official autobiography on Thursday without his consent.
The Wikileaks founder signed a six figure contract with the Scottish Published Canongate Books in December to write a part memoir-part manifesto autobiography. But after seeing the first draft in March, he quickly withdrew from the project saying it could give room for U.S. prosecutors to find details against him in the Wikileaks released cables case.
All memoir is prostitution, Assange was reported to have said to the publishers after reading the first draft, according to the BBC.
Despite sitting for more than 50 hours of taped interviews and spending many late nights at Ellingham Hall in Norfolk discussing his life and the work of Wikileaks with the writer he had enlisted to help him, Julian became increasingly troubled by the thought of publishing an autobiography, Canongate said in a statement.
Canongate Books have defied Assange's wishes and have proceeded in publishing thousands of copies of the book, which will go on sale on Thursday. According to the publishers the money for the contract had already been paid in advance meaning the contract still stands. Canongate sold foreign rights to the title in 38 countries.
The publisher and Assange have been in a long-standing dispute over the contract according the Independent. The publisher claims Assange has not returned his £500,000 advance. They suspect this was a result of his involvement in a legal battle against extradition to Sweden to face allegations of rape and sexual assault.
The BBC, who has seen a copy of the book, has reported that it covered the early life of Assange and explains how he became entranced by computers and hacking.
While the book will released in the UK on Thursday, it will take longer to be published in America. The Knopf Doubleday division of Random House, which acquired the memoir with Canongate Books last December, announced Wednesday that it would not take part in the publication.
We have cancelled our contract for Julian Assange's memoir, a Knopf spokesman said in a statement. The author did not complete his work on the manuscript or deliver a book to us in accordance with our agreement. We will not be moving forward with our publication.