Ok. Imagine for a moment that there is a person who has done something wrong. It doesn't matter what it is - it could run the gamut from the ethically unsound to the criminally felonious. In any event, the wrongdoing would surely, if exposed, be a cause of public embarrassment, with potentially far-reaching negative repercussions for the culprit and his or her associates.
Now, say that this person has become increasingly aware that his or her nefarious actions were indeed in danger of being exposed.
What would such a person do?
Personally, I wonder if our hypothetical malefactor might attempt to cooperate to an uncharacteristic degree. Perhaps efforts would be made to improve his or her public persona. I suppose it's possible they could even attempt to generate some sympathy.
I think it's likely that he or she might also attempt to deflect attention from themselves by shining a spotlight on another individual, one who may be involved in a similar wrongdoing but to a greater degree.
And, if our transgressor were really anxious about being exposed, I don't suppose it would be out of the realm of possibility for them to attempt to dilute their own involvement by locating others, some minor players perhaps, on whom to place (or manufacture) blame.
Remember, this is just a thought question. But I'd like to hear what you think.