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Dec 23, 2010

Julian Assange: Crikey's Readers' Choice Person of the Year

Relatively unknown 12 months ago, a household name today. It's no surprise that Townsville-born whistleblower Julian Assange took out Crikey's Person of the Year award.

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Relatively unknown 12 months ago, a household name today. It’s no surprise that Julian Assange took out Crikey‘s Person of the Year with such a whopping margin (he polled 38.6% more than the second-placed Bob Brown, whose Greens party also had a big 2010).

Even before he started drip feeding confidential US government cables last month, the Townsville-born whistleblower gained notoriety for leaking information powerful people wanted kept secret. From the release of the infamous “collateral murder” video in April (viewed more than 10 million times) to the massive dump of confidential Iraq and Afghanistan war logs, Assange has had a pretty big 12 months, it’s fair to say.

The enigmatic, elusive WikiLeaks founder is now fighting extradition to Sweden on s-xual assault allegations, while the US government is looking for ways to prosecute him plus stop him leaking more sensitive government documents. Whatever the outcome of the claims leveled against him, Assange has vowed to continue his pursuit of freedom of information.

An enemy of the state and a champion of democracy, some say he has changed the media landscape forever. One thing is for sure, we’ll be hearing more from Julian Assange in 2011.

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54 thoughts on “Julian Assange: Crikey’s Readers’ Choice Person of the Year

  1. Peter Evans

    Bradley Manning is the guy that should get the guernsey. He’s in solitary now and he’s in jail for decades to come, but he put his arse on the line.

  2. shepherdmarilyn

    There is no evidence that Bradley Manning did anything. Some loser claimed he did so but not a grain of proof has ever been shown.

    If he did though, he deserves to be released and lauded as a first class world wide hero.

    I watched “The War you don’t see”, Pilger’s latest film and watched the loser journos who embedded or flat out lied about Iraq cringingly begging for forgieveness while others persist to this day in believing they are right.

    The most appalling was the description by the soldier who responded and saved a little girls life and watched a little boy die – I was sobbing.

    Assange is a true hero – thankfully he has support in the masses of ordinary Australian’s even if our pollies are gutless.

  3. Peter Evans

    Sort of Marilyn. Manning did tell his mate (the one who ratted him out) that he had send the files to Wikileaks – I don’t think anyone contests that he claimed that (the evidence is in logs of his on-line chats with the guy). Of course, he’s not been convicted and he’s been treated appallingly. I have no idea what sort of trial defense he can or will mount.

  4. tERRY

    I hope Julian Assange has got lawyers in teh US because it looks like they want to pin espionage charges on him if they get the chance. Some right wing idiots in tankland are even calling for the death penalty aka Sweet home Alabama.

    What is annoying about western governments is that they say one thing publically and privately either actually do the opposite or advocate the opposite. An essential aspect of democracy is transparency and Wikileaks provides that in spades. It is such a delight to see lying politicians across the globe squirming in their boots.

    Politicians hate being caught with their political pants down so to speak and this is why the yanks are gunning hard to get Julian in their official sites.
    Hopefully Wikileaks is more than Julian Assange and their work will continue if he is sidelined.

    It would be interesting to find out how they got access to the cables ie – via officials leaking them or via accessing government’s computer systems which contain the cables or via other unknown methods.
    Comrade Julia should see Wikileaks as a blessing in disguise as if she thinks there is half a chance that her acts of stupidity and deceit are likely to see the light of day she might think before she acts.

  5. Cripes...

    Bradley is buggered while Assange bites Pilger’s pillow.

  6. Laurie Ganter

    Is passing on confidential information all it takes today to be famous.

    I sure hope Julian Assange and all who worship him lead a life without blemish or evil doings that can be posted for all the world to see as that is what all who respect him are worshiping. You want your life to be laid open for all the world to see exactly what you think and who you are.

    Should I ask my children to look up to him as an example for us all to copy; like his journalistic ability which must be all of pressing the SEND button on a computer, or his honesty and integrity and wonderful belief that he has contributed to the TRUTH in this world?????

    Could someone tell me exactly what this man has contributed to mankind that requires us all to bow down a worship his deeds let alone respect his wit, his ability as a Reported and his wonderous ability to believe he has some sort of TRUTH to tell us all.

  7. zimmerman

    Good to see a mysogynist win something for a change.

  8. Nick Thurn

    I like the concept of Wikileaks – not knowing Julian Assange personally I have no opinion on his suitability as person of the year or role model.

    His organisation has done the world a service by confirming what many believed already.

    I must admit frustration at the slow drip feed of docs. Is there more and much worse? Surely the hysterical reaction is because of something other than we’ve seen so far? Or is that ‘it’ – bad opinions of the US held since the 60’s confirmed for armchair socialists like myself?

  9. Cripes...

    When viewing the weird cult that the recent WikiLeaks sensations have spawned, it defies belief that somehow otherwise intelligent people are so readily willing to suspend their rational facilities to worship such a flawed guru as Julian Assange. Most surprising is even the stoutest of feminists are able to ignore the misogynist violence of an obvious sociopath in the name of immoral social conformity.

  10. Nick Thurn

    @cripes: So Julian Assange channel’s Bill Clinton? So what…

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