Edward Snowden speaks during an interview in Hong Kong.
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(USA TODAY) -- The apparent girlfriend of the security analyst whose revelations of secret surveillance programs rocked the globe says on her blog that "my world has opened and closed all at once, leaving me lost at sea without a compass."
Numerous media outlets -- Inside Edition and the United Kingdom's Daily Mail and The Telegraph among them -- are identifying Lindsay Mills, 28, a self-described "world-traveling, pole-dancing super hero," as the longtime girlfriend of Edward Snowden.
Snowden, 29, is the former CIA technical analyst who was working as an IT employee for Booz Allen Hamilton in Hawaii when he leaked details of government surveillance efforts.
USA TODAY could not independently verify Mills' relationship to Snowden. Reports from Accurint, a database that compiles publicly available records, list Mills and Snowden as associates, but provide no additional details. Mills often refers to "E" in her blog posts.
Mills' latest post, on Monday, says she won't be blogging again for "a while."
In the post, Mills talks of typing on a "tear-streaked keyboard" and reflects "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."
Snowden had been hiding in a Hong Kong hotel before checking out on Monday. He told The Guardian that he left behind his family and a six-figure job in Hawaii to disclose the details of NSA phone and Internet data collection.
Mills worked with the Waikiki Acrobatic Troupe in Hawaii, colleague Terryl Leong said. Inside Edition reports that Mills is a former ballet dancer and graduate of the Maryland College of Art. Snowden and Mills were, until recently, living together in a rented home in Hawaii, the syndicated TV show's website says.
In a post Sunday, Mills said she was feeling "sick, exhausted and carrying the weight of the world."
A post June 3 reports, "I feel alone, lost, overwhelmed, and desperate for a reprieve from the bipolar nature of my current situation."
In a post May 13, she says that "E's" family would be visiting them in Hawaii.
Andrea Torres, director of the Samadhi aerial dance studio in Honolulu, told The Telegraph that Mills had trained there all of last year.
Torres told The Telegraph: "She took a beginner's class in silks, and enjoyed pole dancing and inquired about burlesque. She came by herself and she was very fit."
Contributing: Donna Leinwand Leger; Suzanne Roig