Father of NSA leaker's girlfriend "shocked" by news

Jonathan Mills, the father of Lindsay Mills who dated the man who leaked details of a secret National Security Agency surveillance program, talks to reporters outside his home in Laurel, Md., on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. AP Photo/Brian Witte

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

Jonathan Mills, speaking to reporters Tuesday evening outside his home in Laurel, Md., 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.

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

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

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