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That's a German Minister With Rahul Gandhi, Not Hindenburg's Chief

Gandhi can be seen with Niels Annen, a German minister.

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That's a German Minister With Rahul Gandhi, Not Hindenburg's Chief
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An image of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with a man, who is being identified as the founder of Hindenburg Research Nathan Anderson, is being shared on social media.

What's the claim?: The claim furthers the narrative that Gandhi was behind the Hindenburg report, which levelled allegations of money laundering and stock market market manipulation against the Adani Group.

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(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

(Archives of similar claims can be seen here and here.)

Who is with Gandhi in the image?: The photo shows Rahul Gandhi with Niels Annen, who is Germany's Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.


What led us to the truth?: We performed a reverse image search and came across the same image uploaded by Gandhi on his official Facebook page on 22 August 2018.

  • The caption of the post mentioned that he met Niels Annen, Minister of State of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.

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(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

  • We also found a 2018 Twitter post from Annen's official account, which carried the same viral picture.

  • Annen's bio specified his current position as Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

  • The caption stated that he met Gandhi in Eimsbüttel, Hamburg.

Annen who is a German minister had met Gandhi in August 2018. 

(Source: Twitter/Screenshot)

Reports about Gandhi meeting Annen: Several reports from 2018 also carried this viral image.

  • An article by Hindustan Times stated that then Congress President Rahul Gandhi visited Germany and met Niels Annen during his four-day tour of Germany and the United Kingdom.

Rahul Gandhi met Niels Annen on 22 August 2018. 

(Source: HT/Screenshot)

A visual comparison between Niels Annen and Nathan Anderson has been shown below. Anderson goes by the name Nate on Twitter.

Comparison between Annen and Anderson. 

(Source: Getty Images/ Altered by The Quint)


Conclusion: A German minister has been misidentified as Nathan Anderson, the founder of Hindenburg Research in a picture with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

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