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Assange autobiography published amid row

world Updated: Sep 23, 2011 01:13 IST

Julian Assange's publishers on Thursday published the "unauthorised first draft" of his autobiography without his consent, months after the WikiLeaks founder withdrew from a million-pound contract for his memoirs.

In a dramatic move, Canongate has defied Assange's wishes and secretly printed thousands of copies of The Unauthorised Autobiography, by Julian Assange, with the book being shipped amid strict security to booksellers in preparation for imminent release.

At the time of signing the book deal - reportedly for £930,000 - Assange said he believed the book would become "one of the unifying documents of our generation".