WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holds up his Sydney Peace Prize after receiving the award at the Frontline Club in London May 10, 2011. (Photo Reuters)

Julian Assange, the infamous whistle blower site WikiLeaks has been awarded by Australian human rights award the Sydney Peace Foundation’s gold medal various news reports indicated.

The Sydney Peace Foundation has been awarding prizes for 14 years and some of its highest profile honorees include anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama.

Associated Press report said Director Stuart Rees told invitees to London’s Frontline Club on Tuesday that his foundation’s gold medal was meant as a reward for “an unusual act … that challenges conformity to political or cultural orthodoxy.”

Assange who received the award in London is currently fighting extradition from Britain to Sweden over alleged sex crimes.

He has been praised for “challenging centuries old practices of government secrecy and by championing people’s right to know.

Hundred of thousands of U.S. secrets military and diplomatic documents were released by Wikileaks embarrasing Obama Administration and American officials.