I have a similar one that might help or might not be a bug.
Selling Steel Song Intel (no related conflict) to a Mok Politician Contact while Steel Song and Mok are in an Alliance gives Steel Song +1 Conflict score and not Mok. Shouldn't it be Mok that gets the +1?
The Mok Politician has Entertainer Addict, Tinkerer, and 2 unknown traits.
I found this happening again. Selling Alta Mesa (no related conflict) intel to Steel Song during a Trade Alliance between them gives AM the +1. It says it will weaken AM but the opposite happens. What I know about the contact is in the last image.
Based on my data, const intel always does this. ("const" = Conflict-free, so its value is const over time ) You can get const intel from any card game (these say "movements"), ship boarding/victory talents, and Interrogation Ward.
Selling const intel about faction F to a contact of faction C gives +1 Conflict Score to all conflicts between F and C, in F's favor. The benefit goes to the intel's faction, not the contact's faction, so the brand name on the intel wrapper matters. Yes, you can "hurt" your own faction C this way.
Selling const intel about faction G back to its own faction G gives +1 Conflict Score to every conflict involving G. If G is involved in 4 Conflicts, G gets +1 to each one. Zealot's Warhawk applies to each of these, so four +1s can become four +3s and +48 XP in one sale.
I never thought of it as a bug. It's consistent, so you can plan ahead to exploit it. The pre-sale blurb might be inaccurate, but that could be a text bug.