Time refuses WikiLeaks founder 2010 Person of the Year

American Time magazine's readers have chosen Julian Assange in the weekly's annual poll for Person of the Year, as Turkey's Erdoğan came in second.

Time refuses WikiLeaks founder 2010 Person of the Year

Time magazine refused to name WikiLeaks founder Assange as its 2010 Person of the Year in its first rank, instead selected Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday.

Time defines the Person of the Year as the person who, for better or for worse, does the most to influence the events of the year.

American Time magazine's readers have chosen Julian Assange, the man behind WikiLeaks, in the weekly's annual poll for Person of the Year, as Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan came in second.

Readers voted a total of 1,249,425 times for Julian Assange, who raked in 382,020 votes, giving him an easy first place. He was 148,383 votes over the silver medalist Erdoğan.

Top 10 readers' choices are Julian Assange, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Lady Gaga, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, Glenn Beck, Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, The Chilean Miners, The Unemployed American, and Mark Zuckerberg.

Time's managing editor Richard Stengel had an interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange via Skype on Nov. 30, 2010. But another Time editor, Fareed Zakaria, is known for his opposition to Assange and his work. Therefore, Time's choice for Person of the Year did not reflect the readers' choice.

Time editor Richard Stengel announced the winner on NBC Television's "Today" show.

Agencies

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