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Nigerian Paper Taps Wikileaks Founder as 'Man of the Year'

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Special to the NNPA from the Global Information Network –

Julian Assange, founder of the whistleblowing WikiLeaks website, was named Man of the Year by The Guardian newspaper of Nigeria.

“Assange is in the eyes of the ordinary man across boundaries more of a hero than villain, more of a champion than a pest, an achiever and flag-bearer for the open society ideal, not an anarchist, but a progressive,” wrote Reuben Abati, chairman of paper’s editorial board.

“His heroism in this regard raises those pertinent issues that can no longer be ignored, notably the role and method of the whistleblower, the challenge of transparency and accountability in governance and the responsibility of both the media and governments. “

Founded in 2006, WikiLeaks defines itself as a non-profit media organization that enables independent sources around the world to reveal suppressed and censored injustices “of ethical, political and historical significance” while remaining anonymous.

'By his actions… Mr. Assange seems to have raised the bar for public accountability among nations, and probably within individual governments,' The Guardian's Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director, Eluem Emeka Izeze, wrote.

"Officials now know that in an information age driven by technology, their opinions and decisions may sooner rather than later surface in the public space," he added.

"These are momentous developments which are stripping governments of their exclusive preserves, and handing to citizens the function of determining the nature and scope of government activities," Izeze observed.

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