Snowden a man of 'conviction'

2013-06-12 08:16
Jonathan Mills, the father of Lindsay Mills who dated the man who leaked details of a secret National Security Agency surveillance programme, talks to reporters outside his home in Laurel, Maryland. (Brian Witte, AP)

Jonathan Mills, the father of Lindsay Mills who dated the man who leaked details of a secret National Security Agency surveillance programme, talks to reporters outside his home in Laurel, Maryland. (Brian Witte, AP)

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Laurel — The father of the girlfriend of Edward Snowden described the leaker of national secrets as a shy man with convictions, but said on Tuesday he's "still shocked" by the news about him.

Jonathan Mills, speaking to reporters on Tuesday evening outside his home in Laurel, Maryland, described 29-year-old Edward Snowden as "very nice. Shy, and reserved".

"He's always had strong convictions of right and wrong, and it kind of makes sense. But still shocked," Mills said, describing 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. Jonathan Mills says he has texted his daughter, but that he 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.

'Good luck'

Snowden, a 29-year-old former intelligence contractor, has identified himself as the person who leaked details of a secret National Security Agency surveillance programme 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."

Snowden attended middle and elementary school in Crofton, Anne Arundel County Public Schools spokesperson Bob Mosier confirmed on Monday. He also attended three semesters at Arundel High School, which also is in Gambrills.

The whereabouts of the former CIA employee remain unknown two days after he checked out of a Hong Kong hotel.

Snowden arrived in Hong Kong on 20 May. He was last seen Monday afternoon, when he left his chic Hong Kong hotel.

There were no clues on Tuesday or Wednesday as to where he might be or whether he remained in the Chinese special autonomous region, which maintains a Western-style legal system and freedom of speech.

Hong Kong has an extradition agreement with the United States, but there are exceptions in cases of political persecution or where there are concerns over cruel or humiliating treatment.

- AP
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