Edward Snowden, the government contractor who leaked documents revealing a top-secret government surveillance program, has left few traces of his personal or professional life online. An online diary kept by his longtime girlfriend, however, freely shared details of their lives in Hawaii and elsewhere.
Lindsay Mills, a 28-year-old Maryland native, lived with Snowden in Honolulu, where he was employed by the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton as a systems analyst for a National Security Agency Threat Operations Center.
Mills said on Instagram that she and Snowden had been together for eight years, yet she described him in one post as a "man of mystery."
Her blog, "Lsjourney," was publicly viewable in the days after Snowden announced that he was the source of leaks about the surveillance programs. It was taken down as of Tuesday.
Friends confirmed that the blog was written by Mills and that the boyfriend she refers to as "E" was Edward Joseph Snowden. She describes swing dancing and pole dancing at venues in Hawaii and of being alone for two weeks starting in late March because Snowden was headed to the mainland for a business trip.
Friends said Mills was caught completely unaware by Snowden's decision to leak classified records.
Mills did not respond to messages left on her home phone and cellphone.
In a blog post dated Monday, Mills said she was writing to report that she wouldn't be sharing updates on her life for a while. Friends said she is in a state of shock over Snowden's sudden departure for Hong Kong.
"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," Monday's blog post read. "But sometimes life doesn't afford proper good-byes."
Unlike Mills, Snowden had virtually no online presence until he revealed himself as the source of the leaks. Neighbors in the couple's Honolulu neighborhood of Waipahu said Snowden rebuffed their overtures.
When members of Carolyn Tijing's family, who lived across the street, tried to introduce themselves, Snowden said "fine," kept his head down and kept walking to his house, Tijing said.
"It was a no go, no conversation at all," she said.
In September 2012, Mills wrote jovially of a successful effort to persuade Snowden to go hiking with her and several friends.
"At two of my favorite places on the island, (Fearless H's and Goldie's houses) over Indian food and Magic Mike (yes I finally saw it!), a plot to get E out in nature was formed," she wrote. "Ice Ponds was the projected target for a couple's hike and my task was to kidnap E and force a little adventure on my man of mystery."
The next month, though, she wrote of feeling low after "a weekend of cleaning house and heavy conversations."
"Trouble of loving someone you are incompatible with means having the same endless talk for eight years in a row," a post on Instagram said. "One of those times I wish I had wings."
Mills' father, Jonathan Mills, stood outside his home in Laurel, Md., on Tuesday afternoon and told reporters that his daughter is holding on.
He described Snowden as a shy and reserved man with convictions, but said he's "still shocked" by the news about him. He said he has texted his daughter, but did not say where she is.
Asked if he had a message for Snowden, Mills said, "Just wish him good luck and he's got my love."
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.