Snowden’s Girlfriend, Now Missing, Previously Visited China and Spoke of Her Desire to Travel to Hong Kong
It has been reported that Edward Snowden left his girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, when he went to Hong Kong.
But are we sure about that? A tipster sends me evidence that shows that Mills once lived in China for six months, and spoke to a Hong Kong photographer about her desire to visit Hong Kong — the very city, as it happens, where Snowden is now staying as he seeks a country that will give him asylum.
For a while the Internet was fascinated with Edward Snowden’s girlfriend, and it wasn’t hard to see why. BuzzFeed had a compilation of videos and images from her various social media accounts, and the images show her to be attractive and often dressed in skimpy attire:
There are far racier photos at the BuzzFeed piece.
Then there was the video of her pole dancing routine:
Her father, Jonathan Mills, says he doesn’t know where she is:
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.
Other news reports indicate that she has gone missing from her Waikiki acrobatic pole dancing troupe.
But buried in the reporting on her social media accounts is a clue to her possible whereabouts. It turns out that she previously lived in China, and spoke of returning there, or possibly to Hong Kong.
The BuzzFeed piece above indicates that Mills’s personal blog, now deleted, was at http://www.lsjourney.com/. The last post she wrote included this passage:
But at the moment all I can feel is alone. And for the first time in my life I feel strong enough to be on my own. Though I never imagined my hand would be so forced.
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. In those unsure endings I find my strength, my true friends, and my heart’s song. A song that I thought had all but died away, when really it was softly singing all along. I don’t know what will happen from here. I don’t know how to feel normal. But I do know that I am loved, by myself and those around me. And no matter where my compass-less vessel will take me, that love will keep me buoyant.
Sounds like she’s headed somewhere, doesn’t it?
“Lsjourney” also had an Instagram account at http://instagram.com/lsjourney/. We know this is hers because she linked it from her Twitter account, which is still active. Here she is on June 10, looking contemplatively at a globe:
— Lsjourney (@lsjourneys) June 10, 2013
If you go to the image, you can see the comments on the right. Here are the relevant comments from the exchange:
lsjourney: Where is this? I love that sound
ardisblossom: It’s part of a Buddhist ceremony in a temple in China.
lsjourney: Are you living in China? I love China and miss it.
ardisblossom: sort of, I’m living in Hong kong. Have you been to HK? @lsjourney
lsjourney: I didn’t make it to HK met some great people from HK when they traveled through China. They preferred HK over China. Kind of sad I didn’t make it there since I wasn’t too far away living just outside of Guilin.
ardisblossom: Guilin is a beautiful place, hong [k]ong is beautiful too but in a very different way. ^^ @lsjourney
lsjourney: Yes it is a beautiful place. I miss it a lot actually. One of the prettiest places I’ve ever lived. Do you go to china often?
ardisblossom: not very often, I wish I could travel more in my own country ^^’ @lsjourney
lsjourney: I wish I could travel more in your country too! Spent 6 months there and fell in love.
Does this mean she is in China or Hong Kong? No. Maybe Snowden went to Hong Kong hoping she would follow.
But if she expressed a love for China and a desire to see Hong Kong, and she is missing, and he is in Hong Kong . . . you can draw your own conclusions.