Wikileaks founder Julian Assange protests unauthorized publication of biography

Well, hello, irony: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange today condemned his British book publisher for releasing drafts of a much-anticipated memoir without his approval—but he won't be returning the £500,000 ($779,000) advance he received months ago:

British publisher Canongate announced that the book, billed as an "unauthorized autobiography," will go on sale in stores and online Thursday. Canongate – which paid the 40-year-old Assange for the rights to the memoir last year – said that Assange began working with a ghostwriter on the book, but later backed out and tried to cancel his contract.

Related coverage at Wired News.'s Kim Zetter reports that "Despite his objections over memoir he authorized-then-unauthorized, Assange will still keep his book advance and earn royalties on sales."

(Image above: The book cover, via @tim)