TOP SECRET: Who is that “senior journalist”?

For 24 hours and more, we have pondered over whether we should be asking this. But since the controversy refuses to die down, since the Congress' H.K. Patil  has asked for a white paper into H.D. Kumaraswamy's claim that a "senior journalist" had tried to mediate on behalf of NICE, we must drop our editorial guard.

Who was the "senior journalist" who tried to "purchase" the honourable chief minister of Karnataka? Is he (she?) an editor or just a "senior journalist"? Of an English newspaper or Kannada one? Bangalore based or Delhi-based? Or is HDK, exposed by the Indian Express, just fibbing to leave journos guessing?