WASHINGTON — Jonathan Mills, father of Snowden's long-time girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, described him as "very nice. Shy, and reserved."
"He's always had strong convictions of right and wrong, and it kind of makes sense," said Mills, who said he was "shocked" when he heard the news about Snowden.
In her blog, Lindsay Mills, a dancer and art college graduate, writes of a boyfriend she refers to only as "E." On Monday, she wrote that "at the moment all I can feel is alone." She said her hand and been forced, that she was typing on a "tear-streaked keyboard," and that "sometimes life doesn't afford proper goodbyes."
Snowden told the South China newspaper that he hasn't dared contact his girlfriend or family since allowing his identity as the leaker to be revealed Sunday in The Guardian.
His father, now retired from the U.S. Coast Guard and living in Pennsylvania, told ABC News in a brief interview that he was worried about his son and still processing what had happened. Lonnie Snowden said he last saw his son two months ago, over dinner.
Snowden's parents are divorced and his mother, Elizabeth Snowden, declined to talk to reporters as she left her Maryland home Monday morning.
Joyce Kinsey, a neighbor living next to the gray clapboard condominium in a quiet Ellicott City neighborhood, said Snowden's mother, whom she knows as "Wendy," bought the condo more than a dozen years ago.
When he was about 16, Snowden lived in the condo without his family for a couple of years, Kinsey said. His mother would drop by with groceries and a girlfriend visited every weekend. Kinsey recalled seeing Snowden through the blinds, working on a computer "at all times of day and night." She had the impression he was sort of a "computer geek."