I have a few questions about the handling of classified info that I would like to know for a book that I am writing.
A lawyer is meeting with a client who conveys that he has in his possession classified documents (top secret or secret). The documents relate to some event that has happened 5 years ago. Does the lawyer have some similar duty to break attorney/client privilege and report on the basis of national security as he would if the client told him he was going to kill a person.
A Navy Seal dies in a car crash unrelated to his service. While serving, he kept some classified (top secret or secret) documents from a mission he was a part of as a memento. While going through his belongings after his death a relative discovers this. What obligations would the relative have to report that he knows about these documents? What could potentially happen to the relative if instead of reporting these to the authorities, he keeps them? What could happen to this relative if he gives them to the media?
Similar to hypo 2, a military/government official keeps top secret or secret documents as a memento to some operation he worked on in the past. He inadvertently posts some to a directory on his website. A regular citizen discovers these files and downloads them. What obligations does this person have? Can he legally leak them to the media? If he does report them to the government, will he be under any scrutiny? Will the govt. seize his computers because they contain classified info even if he reports them?