Who Is Edward Snowden's Girlfriend? 7 New Details About Lindsay Mills

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who is Edward Snowden's girlfriend?

They've been together since 2009.

When you hear the name Edward Snowden, a few words may come to mind: traitor, hero, whistleblower, among others. In 2013, Snowden leaked classified information from the National Security Agency, revealing global surveillance programs. When asked why he did this, he said, “I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them.”

Since 2013, Snowden has had asylum in Moscow, Russia, since his return to the United States would mean a trial and jail time. But the untold story here is that of his girlfriend, who has stuck by him through all of this.

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Just who is Edward Snowden's girlfriend? Here are 7 things to know about Lindsay Mills.

1. They’ve been together for eight years.

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The two have been dating since 2009, four years before Snowden leaked the information. They lived in Hawaii for some time before Snowden fled the country for Hong Kong, and then Russia.

2. They’ve both lived in Maryland.

According to The Washington Post, Mills graduated from Laurel High School in 2003 and the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2007, both of which are located in the Chesapeake Bay State. Snowden moved to Maryland with his family in the 1990s.

When Snowden got his job with the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton as a systems analyst, the pair moved to Honolulu, Hawaii.

3. She’s worked as a pole dancer and acrobat.

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In 2012, before the leaks, Mills posted a video of her pole dancing while performing at the Honolulu Fringe Festival. While living in Oahu, she performed for about a year in the Waikiki Acrobatic Troupe.

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4. She traveled to Moscow to be with him.

In 2014, Mills moved to Russia, where the two now share an apartment.

5. But that doesn’t mean she’s confined to Russia.

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Because she's not wanted by the United States government, she’s free to travel wherever she pleases, which she takes full advantage of. Though she doesn’t always post where she travels to, it’s clear from her Instagram she’s been all over. Recently, she traveled to Poland and Iceland.

6. She’s not as secretive and private as him.

She frequently posts scantily-clad photos of herself, while Snowden stays mum. While he seems like an introvert who doesn’t like to reveal many personal details about his life, Mills seems to be an open book — at least on Instagram.

7. She had no idea about his plans to leak the information.

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Living together in Hawaii, you’d think couples would know a little bit too much about one another. But in this case, Snowden hid his plans from Mills. He wanted to protect her and his family by not saying anything. He even told Mills he was going away for work.

Upon finding out Snowden was behind the leaks, she wrote on her blog, “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.”

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Samantha Maffucci is an associate editor for YourTango. In her free time, you can find her obsessing about cats, wine, and all things Vanderpump Rules.