FACT CHECK: Did The RAND Corporation Report That the U.S. Was ‘Weakening Germany’?

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

An image shared on Facebook purports the global policy think tank RAND Corporation published a report suggesting the U.S. was “weakening Germany.”

Verdict: False

A spokesperson for the RAND Corporation denied the validity of the alleged report. There is no evidence suggesting any reports containing such information exists.

Fact Check:

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began in February, western countries have supplied Ukraine’s military with approximately 84.2 billion euros in commitments, according to The Kiel Institute for the World Economy. Germany recently pledged more weapons to be shipped to Ukraine, including multiple-launch rocket systems and armored vehicles, Defense One reported.

The Facebook image claims the RAND Corporation wrote a report that “reveals the true motives behind European Destabilization & The Russia/Ukraine War.” The Facebook image links to a substack from user RedPill78, appearing to show the full leaked document and its contents.

“The Executive Summary begins with the title: ‘Weakening Germany, strengthening the US’, with the ultimate goal being the infusion of cash into the banking system by European and NATO aligned nations,” the article reads, citing the alleged report.

The document is fake. There are no credible news reports suggesting any think tank or agency made such a claim featured in the substack article. A search of the RAND Corporation’s website results in a Sept. 14 statement, where the think tank declares the document as “fake,” before linking users to a verified analysis from the group on the Ukrainian war. (RELATED: Does This Video Show Russian Equipment Left In Izyum?)

“What we can state unequivocally is that the report you’re asking about is a fake,” Jeffrey Hiday, a RAND Corporation spokesperson, confirmed to Check Your Fact in an email.

This is not the first time misinformation around the Russian-Ukrainian conflict has spread. Check Your Fact recently debunked a video claiming to show a Russian fuel depot on fire in September 2022 following a strike.

Elias Atienza

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