a spokesperson, who asked not to be named, stated [...](my emphasis)
Talk about letting the cat out of the bag (and onto the Matt)! If the source is supposed to be anonymous, then don't give away any clues to the person's identity.
Alternately, if he/she specied that identification (i.e. that of a spokesdroid), then perhaps it's a call for help? A wry, dry, sly jab at the coporate edifice? Arms