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A mysterious parcel finally makes it to the Ecuadorean embassy.
UNITED KINGDOM/ECUADOR (Rixstep) — Things took their sweet time but all's well that ends well. A postal parcel sent to Julian Assange by Mediengruppe Bitnik in Zürich arrived this evening. The parcel came equipped with a camera. Guess who greeted it?
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:43:04 +0100
From: !Mediengruppe Bitnik <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Organization: !Mediengruppe Bitnik
We have just come back from the post office where we posted a packet to you at the Ecuadorian embassy. The packet contains a cell phone, camera and battery pack. Through hole in the packet the camera takes pictures of the packets surroundings and uploads them to our website.
The Parcel Live:
We will be tweeting updates of the parcel on twitter:
This is where you can follow the status of the packet in realtime.
The parcel is a live mail art piece. It is intended as REAL_WORLD_PING, a SYSTEM_TEST inserted into a highly tense diplomatic crisis. Since you took refuge there in June last year, the Ecuadorian embassy in London has been the spectacular staging of an intense clash between the international order and freedom of information activists.
We want to see where the parcel will end. Which route it takes and whether it reaches you.
There are over 9000 identical parcels! So, if the first parcel fails to reach you, we will undertake a second and third attempt.
When you receive the packet, could you please:
1. Show us your view of the diplomatic crisis unfolding outside the embassy
2. Send the camera on to a person of your choice.
We will ensure the tracking server stays online for future use.
All the best!