Parcel for Julian Assange is geo-tracked by artists

January 19th, 2013

Published on BBCnews, by Dave Lee, January 17, 2013

Two Swiss artists have used GPS tracking and live webcam to follow the progress of a parcel intended to reach Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.  

Domagoj Smoljo and Carmen Weisskopf have posted updates on the parcel’s progress online. At the time of writing, the parcel had reached the embassy and appeared to be being checked over by security. For the past seven months Mr Assange has taken refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in London. He faces extradition to Sweden over sexual assault claims, which he denies. Continue reading the main story “

The artists posted the parcel at a post office in east London on Wednesday at 12:43 GMT. Later, they emailed Mr Assange to explain the project.

“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,” the email read, making reference to program code functions.

“Since you took refuge there in June last year, the Ecuadorean 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” … //

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(Julian Assange, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks, is now under political asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy. Assange is the co-author of the new book, Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet);

watch also the video which Bradley Manning released to wikileaks, becoming the reason for his imprisonnement: short version 1.41 min, long version 39.14 min.

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