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Dad of Snowden’s girlfriend ‘shocked’ by news of leaks

AP, LAUREL, Maryland

The father of the girlfriend of Edward Snowden described the leaker of US national secrets as a shy man with convictions, but on Tuesday said he is “still shocked” by the news about him.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday evening outside his home in Laurel, Maryland, Jonathan Mills said 29-year-old Edward Snowden was “very nice. Shy, and reserved.”

“He’s always had strong convictions of right and wrong, and it kind of makes sense, but [I’m] still shocked,” Mills said about his reaction to the news about Snowden.

Mills also said his daughter, Lindsay, who has been dating Snowden for four or five years, is holding on amid the national controversy. He said that he has texted his daughter, but did not know where she was.

Mills also said he last saw his daughter two months ago, when she came to visit for a week.

She is doing “as well as could be expected and that’s all I have to say,” Mills said.

Lindsay Mills, a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, wrote on her blog: “My world has opened and closed all at once. Leaving me lost at sea without a compass.”

“Surely there will be villainous pirates, distracting mermaids, and tides of change in this new open water chapter of my journey,” she added. “But at the moment all I can feel is alone.”

She wrote of her hand being forced, typing on her “tear-streaked keyboard” and reflecting on “all the faces that have graced my path.”

She said that she did not get to “bid adieu” to some, then added: “But sometimes life doesn’t afford proper goodbyes.”

Snowden, a former intelligence contractor, has identified himself as the person who leaked details of a secret US National Security Agency surveillance program to two newspapers.

Asked if he had a message for Snowden, Jonathan Mills said: “Just wish him good luck and he’s got my love.”

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