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Woman who sheltered Snowden granted asylum in Canada

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Published on March 27, 2019 - Duration: 01:18s

Woman who sheltered Snowden granted asylum in Canada

Vanessa Mae Bondalian Rodel, a woman who helped shelter former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, spoke after she was granted asylum in Canada.

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Woman who sheltered Snowden granted asylum in Canada

(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) The woman who sheltered Edward Snowden in Hong Kong after the U.S. spy agency contractor leaked classified information in 2013 arrived in Toronto on Monday (March 25) after being granted asylum by Canadian authorities.

Vanessa Mae Bondalian Rodel travelled to Canada with her daughter, Kellapatha Sanuthi Keana Nihinsa.

They are on their way to Montreal, Quebec, where they will live permanently.

"I feel, all my worrying, all my stress is just like gone.

And I feel free and I'm so happy that now I'm here in Canada," Rodel told journalists during news conference on Tuesday (March 26).

Rodel, along with two Sri Lankan families, housed Snowden after he went public.

A Philippines national, Rodel was staying in Hong Kong without proper legal status.

She was denied refugee status there in 2017.

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