WikiLeaks' controversial founder is up for Time's Person of the Year honors. Julian Assange is among more than 20 nominees, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the Chilean Miners (as a group) and the Unemployed American. You can vote online here.
Since July, Assange and his silver hair (which he briefly dyed black) has claimed constant headlines, whether because of his website - which published huge leaks of U.S. war intelligence - or because of a Swedish sex abuse case in which he is allegedly involved or because he stomped out of a CNN interview. Time calls Assange a digital age whistle-blower. High level American military officials and some security experts have called him dangerous for possibly putting the lives of informants at risk. Whatever Assange is, he's interesting. Time's audience will get to decide just how interesting.
Previous Person of the Year winners include 2009, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke; 2008, President Barack Obama; and, unconventionally, Time chose "You" in 2006 to acknowledge the role YouTube and social media play in everyday life.