That is the bloody person themselves being talked about. It happens all the time, people being contacted by the gossip columnists and confirming this, that and t'other (usually that they have just bought a pair of shoes) and then being described as 'a perfectily placed source'. Another popular one is 'a close friend'. No, it isn't, it's the bloody publicity-seeking bastard the hack is writing about.
Either that or it just plain made up: