Wikileaks founder Julian Assange`s £850,000 book deal collapses

London: An 850,000 pound book deal signed by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to write his memoirs has collapsed over fears the US Government could use it for extradition hearings.

The Australian-born journalist said that he is unhappy with his ``ghost-written`` book and that he never actually wanted it written, adding that he had only agreed to the memoir because he was in a financial crisis.

Assange, who will appear before the High Court on July 12 for an appeal against his extradition on sex assault allegations, said that he had received an advance of 500,000 pounds for his book from publishers Alfred A Knopf of Random House with a further 350,000 pounds coming from Canongate, the Daily Mail reports.

Assange has been under house arrest since December last year, and is obliged to report to the police station every day as well as wear an electronic tag.

Earlier this month, supporters of Assange had claimed that the British Government has erected CCTV cameras to spy on the house where he is staying in East Anglia.

In a video, titled “House Arrest”, and released by WikiLeaks, they claim that three cameras have been erected to watch who enters and leaves his temporary home.

On the video, Sarah Harrison, one of the WikiLeaks`` team, said: “This is one of the three cameras that is outside each entrance of the property.

“We suddenly noticed them appearing since we have been here. We believe they are monitoring everything that goes in and out of the property,” she added.



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