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Did WikiLeaks Reveal Rahul Gandhi’s Secret Family In London? A FactCheck

Did WikiLeaks Reveal Rahul Gandhi’s Secret Family In London? A FactCheck

BOOM did not find any Wikileaks cable or news reports that revealed Gandhi was married to a Colombian woman and had two children living in London.

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Several social media posts claiming WikiLeaks, an organisation that publishes classified media, has revealed that Congress President Rahul Gandhi is married to a Colombian woman and has two children who live in London, are false.

The viral posts have used Gandhi’s picture with a foreigner.

The text accompanying the post claims, “WikiLeaks has revealed that Raúl Vinci is married. He has two children who live in London, His wife is a Colombian. The first child is the 14-year-old boy Niyak and the second child is a minor 10-year-old girl. Rahul Gandhi is misguiding the country by saying he’s unmarried!”

Translated from Hindi text “विकीलीक्स ने खुलासा किया है कि राउल विंची शादीशुदा है। इसके 2 बच्चे हैं जो लन्दन में रहते है। इसकी बीबी कोलंबियन है। पहली संतान 14 वर्ष का लड़का नियाक है और दूसरी सन्तान माइनक 10 साल की लड़की है। अविवाहित कहकर राहुल गांधी देश को गुमराह कर रहा है!”

Facebook post claiming that Rahul Gandhi is married
Facebook post claiming that Rahul Gandhi is married

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Second Facebook post claiming that Rahul is married
Second Facebook post claiming that Rahul is married

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Chokidar on Twitter shares Rahul Gandhi is married
The false claim viral on Twitter

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Rahul Gandhi is married viral on fb
Rahul Gandhi is married viral on Facebook

FACT-CHECK

While there have been a few WikiLeaks cables about the Congress president in the past, none of them talk about his marital status. BOOM did not find any Wikileaks cable or news article stating Gandhi was married to a Colombian woman and had two children living in London.

The Woman In The Viral Photo:

BOOM ran a reverse image and found that the women in the photo is Nathalia Ramos a Spanish-American actress appearing in television series.

Ramos had posted the picture along with Gandhi in an Instagram post dated September 15, 2017.

The two met at an event at the Berggruen Institute in Los Angeles in September 2017.

Instagram post

The post read, “Last night with the eloquent and insightful @rahulgandhi. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to meet and listen to so many brilliant thinkers from all parts and perspectives of the world. It is only with an open mind and open heart that we can really make the world a better place. Thank you @berggrueninst for opening mine. #IdeasMatter “

She also tweeted the photo at the time.

The same photo was viral in 2017 with a false claims that Ramos was Gandhi’s girlfriend and later that she was a pornstar. (Read about it here and here)


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Claim Review : Rahul Gandhi Is Married With Two Children In London

Fact Check : FALSE

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Anmol Alphonso is a fact-checker with BOOM. He has previously interned at IndiaSpend as a fact-checker and was a reporting intern at Times of India, Indian Express, and Mid-Day. He is a post-graduate diploma holder in journalism from St Paul’s Institute of Communication Education, Mumbai.

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  1. Srikanth

    April 24 at 8:24 am

    Please also do a fact check, if he holds any other passport other than the Indian one

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