I recall there was a term for a very specific thing that can happen when the person in charge - king, president, dictator, etc - suggests something be done and someone does it, that might make the leader responsible for it. Something like inciting violence, but more specific to them as a leader. It wouldn't apply to a random person making the same statement.
Sort of like in mob movies where the boss says somebody needs to "take care of that guy" it is understood they are asking their subordinates to kill someone. I'm not sure if I'm recalling modern legal terminology or historical description of events, but is there a word for this?
The end result was the person in charge was effectively responsible for giving an order even though he or she was vague about it because by the nature of them being in charge, the suggestion was seen as an order to those under him.