Controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is in custody in London on rape charges, has won an online vote for Time magazine's 'Person of the Year', amid continuous leak of thousands of confidential US diplomatic cables by his whistle-blower website.
The 39-year-old Australian national secured 382,020 votes, which gave him an easy first place, while US President Barack Obama was in the sixth position with 27,478 votes.
Assange received 148,383 votes more than Recep Tayyip Ergodan, Prime Minister of Turkey, who stood second with a score of 233,638. Pop star Lady Gaga was third with 146,378 votes, according to the magazine, which said that its editors, who choose the actual 'Person of the Year', reserve the right to disagree with the results of the online poll.
The magazine's editorial choice of 'Person of the Year' will be unveiled tomorrow.