24 Dec 2010

French readers vote Assange 'Man of the Year'

11:15 am on 24 December 2010

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been named "Man of the Year" by French newspaper Le Monde.

The newspaper is one of five publications to cooperate with the whistleblowing website on its latest release of leaked documents.

The ABC reports Le Monde officially named Mr Assange in a weekly supplement magazine due out on Friday.

Fifty-six per cent of voters on the newspaper's website voted for him, while jailed Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo got 22%. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg received just 6.9% of the vote a week after Time magazine announced him as its "Person of the Year".