Canada Gives Asylum to Four People who Hid Snowden in Hong Kong

Canada granted asylum to the family of refugees who hid Edward Snowden in their Hong Kong apartment while he was on the run for exposing NSA in 2013.

Supun Kellapatha and Nadeeka Nonis and their children Sethumdi and Dinath landed in Toronto on Sep. 28 to become permanent Canadian residents in Montreal.

The Sri Lankan family will join two other refugees involved with Snowden — Filipino national Vanessa Rodel and her daughter Keana — whom were sponsored by nonprofit For the Refugees in 2019.

Kellapatha and Nonis faced deportation in Hong Kong after their refugee claims were rejected; the couple first applied for asylum in Canada four years prior to their arrival.

For the Refugees added that one more “Snowden refugee”, Ajith Pushpakumara, remains at Hong Kong where “his safety is still at risk” and that the organization is pushing for Canadian authorities to expedite Pushpakumara’s application.

In 2013, Snowden exposed the scope of illegal surveillance done by the U.S. through the NSA and fled to Hong Kong where he was sheltered by the Sri Lankan and Filipino refugees.


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