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Julian Assange Signs Book Deal With Company That Lied About Its Nazi Past

by | 26th, December 2010

JULIAN Assange , of Wikileaks, has signed a book deal worth $1.5million. That’s not too shabby. Will it be enough for Assange to keep back a few leaks for the serialisation?

And does he need the money? On the Forums , reader Cheryl points to an article that says Assange has taken a 66,000 Euros salary from Wikileaks. CBS declares:

Wau Holland has paid a total of 100,000 Euros in salaries to the entire WikiLeaks staff, which means Assange is getting the lion’s share.

Reader Yampster take a different view:

So he’s really raking it in then. 😉

In all the German-based Wau Holland Foundation collected about $1.3 million in donations in 2010 on behalf of WikiLeaks. It will be interesting to see how much cash came from the New York Times, The Guardian and others who got early access to the leaks.

Assange is the head of big media player. Is his salary excessive? Well, no, clearly it’s not. And it’s not enough. He tells us:

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

In the UK, the book will be published by Canongate. In the US, it’s Random House. The US company is owned by Bertelsmann, the German firm that might not be keen on leaks and truth, having airbrushed its Nazi past from its history. No mention back in 1998 when Bertelsmann bought Radom House of how it profited from the Nazis it had, for instance, published The Christmas Book of the Hitler Youth . The company’s website said it had been “ a constant embarrassment to the ruling NSDAP (Nazi Party) and has refused “ to toe the party line “.

In 1998 Thomas Middelhof, chief executive at that time,

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