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Metro’s Man and Woman of the Year: You called it

The man who has caused one of the greatest diplomatic crises in American history has been named as the Man of the Year by Metro readers.

The man who has caused one of the greatest diplomatic crises in American history has been named as the Man of the Year by Metro readers.

Australian Julian Assange defeated President Barack Obama in the popular vote to take the accolade, with the Chilean miners, trapped underground for 69 days, in a respectable third place.

In the Woman of the Year vote, first lady Michelle Obama repeated her win of last year, with a clear margin over potential 2012 presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Kim Kardashian, a popular reader choice at the nomination stage, finished a distant third.

Julian Assange’s triumph came amid a flurry of headlines as his WikiLeaks website released thousands of secret messages from American diplomats around the world.

Assange remains under house arrest in the U.K., facing allegations of rape from women in Sweden.

The leaks, initially embarrassing to a variety of governments around the world, have now begun to embarrass multinational companies such as Shell and Pfizer.

Why’d you vote for them?

Metro reader Obed Cintron voted for Assange: “After 27 years as a civil servant, I can say without hesitation that the man is my hero. We just have to take a look at the kind of people that comprise his trove of supporters to see the high level of moral character that surrounds him. May we all be like him and support those that are like him. Maybe then the world would be a better place to live.”

And Marissa Babin agreed: “He bravely stands up for freedom and truth, no matter how unpopular it might make him.”

In the end, despite trailing for the first days of voting, Michelle Obama was a clear winner for Woman of the Year.

She drew praise in her own right for her campaign against childhood obesity in the United States. But more voters were attracted to her dignity and loyalty to the president in the face of a tumultuous political year.

As reader Victor Alimamy, who also voted for Barack Obama, wrote: “This couple, by their devoted commitment to public service and compassion for the needy, is second to none. I hereby nominate them with humility.”

 
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