Assange title from OR Books

Assange title from OR Books

OR Books is to release a book based on the conversations between Wikileaks' Julian Assange and Google chairman Eric Schmidt.

Assange will also write a commentary in the book on the relationship between Silicon Valley and the US Government.

The book, titled When Google Met Wikileaks, is based on conversations between the two men from when Schmidt visited Assange while he was under house arrest at Ellingham Hall in Norfolk.

OR Books said: "They outlined radically opposing perspectives: For Assange, the liberating power of the internet is based on its freedom and statelessness. For Schmidt, emancipation is at one with US foreign policy objectives and is driven by connecting non-Western countries to American companies and markets… What emerges is the clearest and most sophisticated picture of the philosophy behind WikiLeaks to date."

The book is due for release in September 2014.

OR Books describes itself as a "progressive" publisher, which sells direct to consumer with on-demand printing and via e-books.

Assange was previously signed up to write a memoir for Canongate, ghostwritten with novelist Andrew O'Hagan. The deal collapsed and the book was eventually published without Assange's consent as Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography. O'Hagan wrote at length about the difficulties in creating the book in an essay for the London Review of Books.

Assange is currently claiming political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.