TORONTO — A Sri Lankan couple who briefly sheltered ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden in Hong Kong eight years ago arrived with their two children Tuesday in Canada, where authorities granted them protection.
Supun Thilina Kellapatha and Nadeeka Dilrukshi Nonis had been living in limbo in Hong Kong after authorities there rejected their asylum claims in 2017.
The couple took Snowden in at the behest of Canadian human rights lawyer, Robert Tibbo, soon after he leaked documents detailing top-secret U.S. surveillance programs. Local media later identified Kellapatha, Nonis and several others, putting their lives at risk, advocates said.
But on Tuesday, the two refugees and their children — Sethumdi, 9, and Dinath, 5 — landed in Toronto, according to For the Refugees, a nonprofit group that privately sponsored their application for refugee status.