The Washington Times - December 9, 2013, 07:55AM

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has been voted person of the year by the readers of The Guardian, a British newspaper.

Mr. Snowden walked away with the award, winning 1,445 votes of the more than 3,500 people who voted, the newspaper said.

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Marco Weber and Sini Saarela, Greenpeace activists who led an oil rig protest over Russian Arctic drilling, came in a distance second place.

Mr. Snowden leaked thousands of documents to the press, much of it to The Guardian, about the NSA’s deep-reaching, data-collection efforts, sparking a debate both inside and outside the U.S. about the government’s snooping program.

Russia gave Mr. Snowden asylum earlier this year.