A group of activists sent Wikileaks founder Julian Assange a package containing a camera with a live webcam, and watched online for more than 14 hours hoping to catch a glimpse of his face.
The Bitnik art-hacker group sent the good-natured package to Assange via the Ecuadorian embassy, where he has been living since June.
It contains a cell phone, a camera, a GPS chip and a battery, and has a hole through which the camera can take photos of the surroundings.
It was posted on Wednesday, and by Thursday afternoon had apparently made it inside the embassy building.
The group said the parcel was:
"A REAL_WORLD_PING, a SYSTEM_TEST, inserted into a highly tense diplomatic crisis."
The intention was that Assange would open the package, take a photo of himself, and then send the camera on to somebody else. In all it transmitted 9,000 images back to a website which broadcast them live.
Unfortunately, as of press time the camera had picked up no sign of Assange, and 50% of the pictures were totally black.
Regardless, Assange's supporters watched the live webcam page for hours waiting for a sign that it had been received.
On the group's Twitter page it provided regular updates - recording one image of a delivery sign in sheet but little else.
The last discernible image from the parcel shows floor and foot. 30min ago. It strongly indicates the parcel is inside. twitpic.com/bvyyc1-- !Mediengruppe Bitnik (@bitnk) January 17, 2013
Dear embassy security, for your convenience please find the x-ray image of the parcel hereby attached. imgur.com/bln5A-- !Mediengruppe Bitnik (@bitnk) January 17, 2013
The parcel camera transmitted over 9000 images. Most of them are black. i.imgur.com/2jaC2.jpg-- !Mediengruppe Bitnik (@bitnk) January 17, 2013
As of press time Assange had not received the package, but one follower added hopefully:
Assange was granted political asylum by Ecuador in August.
He is wanted for questioning on allegations of sexual assault and rape in Sweden, but claims he is at risk of extradition to the United States over the work of his Wikileaks organisation.Suggest a correction