TIME Readers Pick Wikileaks' Julian Assange as Person of the Year

FILE - This is a Friday, Nov. 5, 2010 file photo of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange as he speaks in front of NGO's delegates during a NGO conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. Police say WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested on a Swedish warrant. Assange was arrested Tuesday Dec. 7, 2010 and was due to appear at Westminster Magistrate's Court in London later in the day. (AP Photo/Salvatore Di Nolfi, Keystone, File) SALVATORE DI NOLFI

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is TIME Magazine's Person of the Year for 2010.
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The controversial founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has won an online vote to be TIME Magazine's Person of the Year.

The annual online vote asks readers to choose the most influential person, people or things from the previous year.

Readers voted a total of 1,249,425 times, and the favorite was clear, TIME reported. Julian Assange raked in 382,020 votes, giving him an easy first place. He was 148,383 votes over the silver medalist, Recep Tayyip Ergodan, Prime Minister of Turkey.

The magazine's editorial choice of Person of the Year will be unveiled Wednesday.

Assange and WikiLeaks made first made headlines this year in April, when his organization released a video allegedly showing two Reuters employees being fired upon by the U.S. Military. In July, WikiLeaks released 92,000 documents related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Assange's biggest splash came in November, when his organization began releasing the first of a reported 250,000 secret U.S. diplomatic cables.

Assange is currently sitting in a London jail awaiting further hearings on his possible extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault charges. Assange and his lawyers have dismissed the charges as politically motivated.

While Assange won Time's online poll, Lady Gaga won the Facebook poll time set up. The ubiquitous pop starlet received 65,417 "likes" on Facebook to Assange's 45,643.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was the 2009 Time Person of the Year.

Online Poll: TIME Readers Vote on Top Ten People of the Year

1. Julian Assange

2. Recep Tayyip Ergodan

3. Lady Gaga

4. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert

5. Glenn Beck

6. Barack Obama

7. Steve Jobs

8. The Chilean Miners

9. The Unemployed American

10. Mark Zuckerberg

  • Joshua Norman

    Joshua Norman is a Senior Editor at CBSNews.com.

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