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Hong Kong Refugee Who Sheltered Snowden Granted Asylum In Canada

Vanessa Rodel and her daughter, Keana, arrived in Montreal on Tuesday after years of living in legal limbo. They and other refugees helped NSA leaker Edward Snowden after he fled the U.S.
Vanessa Rodel smiles during a media scrum after arriving with her daughter Keana to the Toronto airport on a flight from Hong Kong this week. She is one of several Hong Kong-based refugees who helped Edward Snowden hide in Hong Kong after his leaks exposed U.S. global surveillance programs. Source: Cole Burston

The first of three Hong Kong-based refugee families who helped shelter National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden when he was on the run, has been granted asylum in Canada.

Vanessa Rodel and her daughter, Keana, arrived in Montreal on Tuesday, eager to embrace their new lives as Canadians.

"I feel so great and I feel likereporters at Toronto Pearson International Airport shortly after landing in the country on Monday night.

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