Whistle-blower Ed Snowden has left distraught dancer girlfriend behind
In the fallout following his expose on the top-secret National Security Agency’s PRISM program, intelligence contractor Edward Snowden fled to Hong Kong seeking asylum, reportedly abandoning his girlfriend Lindsay Mills in the process.
Revealing the data collection secrets of the US government surveillance program has proven to be the main priority for the 29-year-old analyst, who has also left his family and his $200,000 a year job behind.
It is believed that Snowden intended to marry Mills before taking the decision to leak the NSA documents, without discussing his intentions with his live-in girlfriend. Snowden has said himself that he told Mills he would be simply going away on an extended business trip.
Prolific blogger Mills specialises in pole dancing, partner acrobatics, and aerial dance and worked with the Waikiki Acrobatic Troupe. She has turned to social media to convey her anguish and confusion, saying that she is “lost at sea without a compass”.
Writing on her L’s Journey blog yesterday: “As I type this on my tear-streaked keyboard I’m reflecting on all the faces that have graced my path. The ones I laughed with. The ones I’ve held. The one I’ve grown to love the most. And the ones I never got to bid adieu. But sometimes life doesn’t afford proper goodbyes.”
Before Snowdon divulged the government secrets, Mills’ blog – which includes the tagline “Adventures of a world-traveling, pole-dancing superhero” – included many posts about her life with her boyfriend “E”.
On April 13 she blogged: “E and I received the keys to our next abode yesterday. My favorite part of moving is the pre-packing stage where I can roll around big empty rooms in soft window light (I may have been a cat in my former life).”