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WikiLeaks founder leads Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ Poll

Julian Assange published classified documents on the war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Julian Assange, founder of the portal specializing in the publication of confidential documents WikiLeaks, leads Time’s online survey for its 2010 “Person of the Year”.

Assange, an Australian who has become a thorn for the Pentagon this year because of the web publication of compromising confidential documents about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, had received 21,736 votes on Friday.

After Assange stands Glenn Beck, TV host in the United States, with 20,245 votes.

In third place was the comedy humor channel Comedy Central Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, with 18,500 votes, after having gotten together more than 200,000 people last month at a demonstration in favor of sanity in Washington.

Lady Gaga the singer was in fourth place with 18,090 votes, followed by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to 13,371.

Other names among the leaders in the Time magazine poll were Barack Obama, the former vice presidential candidate for the Republican Party Sarah Palin, basketball star Lebron James, and “The American Unemployed” and the “Chilean miners.”

Time will announce its decision in December and its editors are not obliged to choose the most votes in the online survey.

Last year, the magazine named the Federal Reserve chairman, Ben Bernanke, as its “Person of the Year.”