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Published:December 9th, 2010 13:30 EST

Julian Assange Man Of The year in Naples Nativity Creches

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Wikileaks founder Julian Assange may be alone in jail in London, but in the traditional Neapolitan Christmas creches he is in good company -- with Jesus, Mary and Joseph.


Assange, who is depicted holding his trusty lap top, was created by Gennaro Di Virgilio, who each year chooses at least one contemporary character to sculpt and place near the scenes of the traditional story of Jesus` birth in a manger.

"I included him to poke a little fun at the world and have a good time," said Di Virgilio, 29, whose family has been making nativity statuettes and ornate creches since 1830."


Artists who make Neapolitan creches often include politicians and pop culture personalities in their nativity scenes. Madonna (the pop star), not the Mother of Jesus is often placed next to Jesus, Mary and Joseph. 

It`s appropriate that WikiLeaks  founder be honored in this fashion this Christmas, he is the "Man of the Year." Assange holding his trusty laptop may look a little bit of of place, but he is somewhat of a Christ figure.

The Wise Men brought gold and silver for the baby Jesus, we can show the Christmas spirit by financially supporting WikiLeaks.