WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has finished as a runner-up to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as Time’s 2010 Person of the Year. Slideshow: CIO.com Teardown: Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergThe recognition, of course, is the least of the hacker-turned-whistleblower’s concerns right now given that he’s under house arrest in England following an arrest warrant issued by Swedish officials who want to question him regarding two rape allegations. Assange, an Australian, has been granted bail but remains in custody pending an appeal by Swedish authorities. Assange and his legal term assert that his arrest on Dec. 7 is related to WikiLeaks recent release of sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables.Also read: Best & Worst Celebrity Tech Moments of 2010Assange and WikiLeaks have elicited widely varying reactions, being condemned by U.S. government officials but defended by the Internet Society (at least in terms of speaking out against online attacks on the WikiLeaks site) and praised by Pentagon Papers exposer Daniel Ellsberg. The public appetite for the WikiLeaks story has been strong, with AOL finding WikiLeaks to be among the most searched terms of the year. Meanwhile, an online hacktivist group called Anonymous has claimed responsibility for knocking offline Websites that have cut ties with WikiLeaks. The attacks have… Read full this story
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