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Family who helped Edward Snowden asks Canada for asylum

May 30, 2019 - 7:41 AM

The NGO For the Refugees cites 'humanitarian grounds' in asking Canada to extend the same refugee status it granted Filipina Vanessa Rodel and her seven-year-old daughter Keana

Lawyer Robert Tibbo (R) embraces Vanessa Rodel and her daughter Keana as the pair arrive in Canada at the Toronto airport on a flight from Hong Kong, in Toronto, Canada, on March 25, 2019. - Canada has granted asylum to a woman who helped Edward Snowden hide in Hong Kong after his leaks exposed US global surveillance programs, a refugee rights association said March 25, 2019. Vanessa Rodel and her seven-year-old daughter Keana were scheduled to arrive in Toronto later Monday on a flight from Hong Kong, the non-profit organization For the Refugees said. They were set to travel to Montreal on Tuesday to settle there as private sector-sponsored refugees. (Photo by Cole BURSTON / AFP)