“Don’t expect help, so don’t get caught”, is also an age old form of civil disobedience where the one who is breaking the law knows the futility of fighting the system up front. So instead of being destroyed (even though the US finally did state they wouldn’t seek the death penalty against Snowden) the perpetrator can live to fight another day.
We have Bradley Manning as an example of what happens when you release footage of a helicopter pilot blowing a TV camera man to bits and laughing about it.
Bradley Manning made the incident public (A war crime) and got 35 years in jail.
The gunman? 0