By ABUL TAHER

PUBLISHED: 16:57 EST, 25 August 2012 | UPDATED: 12:23 EST, 26 August 2012

It seems an unremarkable image: a group of friends smiling broadly. But this is the photograph Julian Assange hopes will clear his name.

The face of the woman on the left has been obscured for legal reasons.

For although she is seen beaming, she would later tell police that 48 hours before the picture was taken, the WikiLeaks founder pinned her down in her flat and sexually assaulted her.

Smiles all around: Woman A, left, at a dinner with Julian Assange, centre, host Richard Falkvinge, Anna Troberg and Sara SangbergSmiles all around: Woman A, left, at a dinner with Julian Assange, centre, host Richard Falkvinge, Anna Troberg and Sara Sangberg

If the case ever reaches court –  Mr Assange is currently holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London – his lawyers will argue that the  photograph undermines the 33-year-old woman’s entire story. And, they claim, there is more.
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