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Canongate said the book traces Assange’s life from his Australian childhood through his time as a teenage computer hacker to the founding of the secret-spilling website.

It said the book is, “like its author, passionate, provocative and opinionated.”

Canongate publishing director Nick Davies said the WikiLeaks chief should be pleased with the result.

“It’s the good and the bad of Julian in there, which ultimately does him some favors,” Davies said.

“He has been portrayed as this Bond villain or a character from a Stieg Larsson novel … but what comes through here is this very human portrait of Julian, warts and all,” he said. “He’s a warmer character than a lot of people will be expecting.”

The Independent newspaper, which will run extracts from the book starting Thursday, said the memoir also deals with events in Sweden in 2010 that led to allegations of rape and sexual molestation against Assange by two women.

Assange is out on bail and living at a supporter’s mansion in eastern England as he awaits a judge’s decision on whether he will be extradited to Sweden to face those allegations. A ruling is expected within weeks.

In addition to its attack on his one-time publishing partners, his statement provides a rare window into Assange’s fraught financial position. In it Assange says that no lawyer would take his case because of lack of money, and hints that the bills _ and the strain _ are piling up.

“My legal costs are mounting due to politically motivated legal attacks and a financial blockade jeopardises WikiLeaks’ continued operations,” he said.


Raphael G. Satter contributed to this report.