On September 15th a Swedish newspaper, Nya Dagbladet published what it purported to be a leaked report by the Rand Corporation that describes a secret plan to destroy not only Russia but the EU as well, first by provoking Russia to war and then forcing the EU to impose harsh sanctions that would cripple the European economy and bring about the collapse of the Euro.  Germany was singled out as the main target in Europe for supposed US aggression against the EU. Germany was perceived as a threat to the US for attempting to exercise its sovereignty in seeking better relations with Russia.

The stated goals were to create US diplomatic and economic dominance over Europe.

Here was the headline:  “Shocking document: How the US planned the war and energy crisis in Europe”

With some crowing about breaking the story added in; As the first outlet in Europe, Nya Dagbladet can publish what appears to be classified US plans to crush the European economy by means of a war in Ukraine and an induced energy crisis.

The problem is the alleged secret report is a very sloppily done fake. In the interests of helping what are probably the Russian agents who prepared this mess to create a better-faked report next time, here are their obvious mistakes.

On the first page of the document, it states that the report is “CONFIDENTIAL” suggesting it is classified information.  The problem here is that the Rand Corporation is not a classifying authority in the US government. They might prepare a report, but the authority to give it a security classification resides with the agency receiving it or reviewing it.  Only the first page is marked “CLASSIFIED” whereas the rules for marking documents with security classifications require that each page of the document be marked separately. The security marking also needs to appear at the top and bottom of each page.

The rules of marking classified materials, and yes there are rules in a 54-page handbook you can look at here, also require a block of information saying who classified the information, under what authority was it classified and when it would be declassified.  This standard format has been used for decades and is still in use today.  Below is an actual classified document later declassified that still bares the characteristic marks of classified material for comparison.