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In December 2010, Julian Assange signed a freelance with Canongate Books to put in writing a publication - half memoir, half manifesto - for ebook the next 12 months. on the time, Julian acknowledged: 'I desire this booklet becomes one of many unifying records of our iteration. during this hugely own paintings, I clarify our international fight to strength a brand new dating among the folks and their governments.' in spite of everything, the paintings used to be to end up too own. regardless of sitting for greater than fifty hours of taped interviews discussing his existence and the paintings of WikiLeaks with the author he had enlisted to aid him, Julian grew to become more and more by way of the idea of publishing an autobiography. After examining the 1st draft of the ebook on the finish of March, Julian declared: 'All memoir is prostitution.' In June 2011, with thirty-eight publishing homes world wide dedicated to liberating the booklet, Julian instructed us he desired to cancel his agreement. We disagree with Julian's review of the publication. We think it explains either the guy and his paintings, underlining his dedication to the reality. Julian regularly claimed the publication used to be good written; we agree, and this additionally inspired us to make the booklet to be had to readers. And the agreement? by the point Julian desired to cancel the deal he had already used the development cash to settle his criminal debts. So the agreement nonetheless stands. we have now made up our minds to honour it - and to post. This publication is the unauthorised first draft. it's passionate, provocative and opinionated - like its writer. It fulfils the promise of the unique thought and we're proud to post it. Canongate Books, September 2011.

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The single desire used to be that we'd discover a position, someplace, someday, that was once disinclined to seek humans operating for justice. To my state of mind, there has been a connection among one aspect of our paintings and one other, among busting businesses who concealed funds or resources and going after governments who concealed humans away in locations like Guantánamo. either one of those units of perpetrators have been criminals, usually sanctioned via the gurus, who have been hiding funds or humans outdoors the guideline of legislation, frequently in a mystery jurisdiction. shall we exhaust ourselves, and do, revealing facts of what those humans do; yet, sooner or later, we'd desire to see that the full operation, the entire jurisdiction, is intrinsically corrupt. this could suggest announcing that the Cayman Islands, for instance, needs to be topic to a wholesale inquiry into its offshore banking actions, and it can suggest analyzing Guantánamo Bay as a haven taking into consideration the wholesale abuse of human rights as civil society knows them. And what if you happen to reversed this fashion of considering? What should you made up our minds there may be anti-secrecy havens on the planet? In each kingdom we had labored in, we had notice humans and firms dwelling lower than felony or actual probability from the strong. no matter if it used to be Raja Petra, the editor in Malaysia, who needed to flee from the specialists, or the yankee property owners organization, which was once pressured to maneuver its operations onto an ISP in Sweden due to felony matches introduced opposed to it via estate builders, or reform teams out of Russia, or nice swathes of people particular by way of the litigation-wielding malice of the Scientologists – them all may well locate peace, or a good listening to, in a haven dedicated to transparency and reasonable play. In my realizing, a brand new type of refugee had emerged within the sleek international: someone, or a gaggle, at the run from wealthy or robust specialists bent on destroying them for telling the reality. we all know from the paintings of Amnesty or PEN that those individuals are usually writers and publishers, yet they are often civil rights teams, attorneys, freethinkers, or simply the normal humans round the corner. i started to consider strongly haven no longer of secrecy yet of openness might resolution the decision. this kind of position might additionally function a journalism haven, a spot the place resources might be safe as a part of the legislation of the land. unfastened press laws will be deeply embedded in this type of position. net freedoms will be a part of the fashionable ether and liberty from prosecution will be ordinary. i started to have a imaginative and prescient of this haven: a politically self sustaining sector, a spot the place you could cease working, the place whistleblowers may be thought of heroes now not public enemies, the place felony recommendation will be unfastened and considerable and web entry common. It appeared like Nirvana to me, till i started to grasp it might probably truly be known as Iceland. in the summertime of 2009 we have been leaked a duplicate of the Kaupthing financial institution huge mortgage booklet. This was once a record revealing each personal loan over €45 million made through the Icelandic financial institution.

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