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Assange To Use Money From Book Deal To Pay Lawyers, Keep WikiLeaks Going

He has to write a book, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange tells the news media in Great Britain, to keep his operation running and to pay the lawyers who are trying to keep him from being extradited from the U.K. to Sweden for questioning about alleged sex crimes.

Deals for books to be published in the U.K. and U.S. will reportedly bring him about $1.7 million.

ABCNews.com has posted video of Assange talking about the trove of U.S. diplomatic cables that WikiLeaks has been releasing. And at the end of the 11-minute clip, Assange walks away when reporter Jim Sciutto tries to ask about the Swedish allegations: