November 15th, 2010
02:06 PM ET

Julian Assange: Person of the Year?

Will WikiLeaks' director Julian Assange get the big honor from Time?

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.

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  1. charlie

    It is all so predictable. Why is it wrong to tell the truth. Why should public figures who are paid by us the people behave and deceive as they feel fit. He is a person who believes in the truth and stands up for it. The people who put him down are either deluded fools or part of the people he is making fools of. Behave like a fool and you will get treated like one. How honestly in 2010 has any intelligent human being got any respect for politicians. From my experience and all the hundreds of people I know from all walks of life, think politicians are the lowest types of people and certainly not worthy of respect. Good luck to him. He is not the one who bombed innocent women and children and lied is he now ?

    December 7, 2010 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. zorica djuric

    Nominate,Julian Assange for a Nobel Peaze Prize!!!

    December 8, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
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