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'Smiling' snap of 'rape victim' could help clear Assange of sex assault charges.

London, Aug 28 ( ANI ): Lawyers for Julian Assange hope they cloud clear the Wikileaks founder of sexual assault allegations with the help of a photograph, which apparently shows one of the women he is accused of raping smiling.

The image apparently shows Assnge's rape victim smiling with him at a function two days after the alleged offence.

The woman is one of two who have told Swedish police that Assange sexually assaulted them in 2010.

He allegedly molested the second one three days after the first, who is in the picture, News.com.au reports.

The picture was released amid reports that in the 48 hours following the alleged assault, the victim attended a conference with Assange and dined with him before tweeting she was 'with the world's coolest, smartest people'.

According to the report, legal experts believe that Assange could be extradited from London to Sweden within weeks after a diplomatic storm between Britain and Ecuador blew over.

Ecuador, which granted Assange political asylum, said it would return to the negotiating table after the British Foreign Office reaffirmed it had no intention of invading its embassy in London, where he has been holed up, and taking him into custody.

The Australian Lawyers Alliance said the talks could result in Assange's offer of asylum falling through and him sent to Sweden in a few weeks to face the charges, though the body noted negotiations might stretch for much longer. ( ANI )

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