The award is expected to be granted to the Australian journalist in December. A total of 26 people and institutions were nominated to receive the recognition. Assange got 310 votes in favor, followed by Reporters Without Borders (258), and the Zic Zac sewing studio (227).
The Australian-born journalist has been in the Belmarsh high-security prison in the United Kingdom. He is awaiting extradition to the United States on espionage charges, which could sentence him to a 175-year prison term.
Ten years ago, WikiLeaks released the largest leak of classified documents in the history of journalism. Over 700,000 files and diplomatic cables exposed the atrocities committed by U.S. troops during their military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.