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What does 名乗る mean when used with the particle を, as in this sentence?

風評は目撃者を名乗る

I can only seem to find the intransitive on internet dictionaries.

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名乗る can be used more often than not as a transitive / reflexive verb.

For example:

  • 彼は弁護士を名乗る
    He calls himself a lawyer.

  • 菅原と名乗る人
    a person called Sugahara

  • 援助者と名乗る詐欺漢
    a swindle who calls himself an aid

However, 風評は目撃者を名乗る doesn't make sense unless it is followed by words or a phrase that complement the sentence.

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