TIME Readers Choose WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange as Person of the Year; Will Editors Follow Suit?

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appears to be one step closer to being released from prison, according to reports, but even if prosecutors in Sweden appeal the ruling to release him on bail, he has one piece of good news to hold onto: Assange was the readers’ choice for TIME‘s Person of the Year 2010.

Editors from TIME will reveal the magazine’s choice for Person of the Year on NBC’s Today Wednesday morning.

TIME said Assange collected 382,020 of the total of 1,249,425 votes cast, far outdistancing second-place finisher Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who finished with 148,383 fewer votes. However, the magazine added that Lady Gaga crushed Assange on Facebook, totaling 65,417 likes versus 45,643.

The readers’ top 10, unchanged from last Wednesday:

1: Julian Assange

2: Recep Tayyip Erdogan

3: Lady Gaga

4: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert

5: Glenn Beck

6: Barack Obama

7: Steve Jobs

8: The Chilean Miners

9: The Unemployed American

10: Mark Zuckerberg

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