The most important poll of the year has ended and the results are in. That's right, more than 2200 people voted in our 2013 Crikey
awards. The winners -- and you were very decisive this year -- are ...
Crikey 2013 Person of the Year: Edward Snowden
He changed what we know about how United States authorities spy on people. His leaks unveiled a secret government surveillance network that stretched much further and deeper than most of us had realised. He started a global conversation; he became a fugitive. He was a traitor to his country, he was a hero to those who value transparency and personal privacy.
To different people Edward Snowden is all those things, but to Crikey
readers he is the 2013 Person of the Year.
Snowden, who won just over 35% of the vote in our poll, was a runaway winner, ahead of runner-up Cathy McGowan on 17% (she famously toppled Sophie Mirabella in the federal election). Peter Fox, the policeman who blew the whistle on the sexual abuse of children by the clergy, came third.
It's a more emphatic result than last year, when shot Pakistani schoolgirl and advocate for girls' education Malala Yousafzai just nudged out
Barack Obama for the gong.
Who should be Crikey's Person of the Year for 2013?