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Former WikiLeaks official writing tell-all book

Book to be released on Feb 15 to reveal evolution, finances, and inner tensions of the whistle-blower organisation

Former WikiLeaks official writing tell-all book
Daniel Domscheit-Berg, also known as Daniel Schmitt, was the former right-hand man of Wikileaks embattled founder, Julian Assange (above) (Getty Images)

The former spokesman for WikiLeaks is writing a book that promises to reveal "the inner workings and tensions" within the secretive whistle-blowing group, Crown Publishing Group said on Wednesday.

German native Daniel Domscheit-Berg, also known as Daniel Schmitt, was the former right-hand man of the website's embattled founder, Julian Assange, whose mission is to publish previously undisclosed or classified documents. But Schmitt quit in September over disagreements about the management of Wikileaks.

Crown said it expects to publish "Inside Wikileaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website," on February 15, in the US and thirteen other countries.

"In his book, (Schmitt) will reveal the evolution, finances, and inner tensions of the whistle-blower organisation, beginning with his first meeting with Assange in December 2007," said Crown, a unit of Bertelsmann AG's Random House.

WikiLeaks has been the centre of controversy in the US government and around the world in recent weeks following its release of classified diplomatic cables and other communication that portrayed US and other world leaders in a negative way.

Assange was arrested in Britain and held on a request by the Swedish government for him to return to that country to face questioning in a moral offence case. He is currently free on bail and living in a private house outside London.

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