Group Who Sheltered Edward Snowden Denied Hong Kong Asylum

Group Who Sheltered Edward Snowden Denied Hong Kong Asylum
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Hong Kong has rejected the asylum application of seven who helped shelter US whistleblower Edward Snowden during his time in the city in 2013.  Their lawyer believes the decision was linked to Snowden’s case and was, in fact, made long ago.

The asylum-seekers include Ajith Pushpakumara who was a former soldier from Sri Lanka, as well as a Sri Lankan family of four including Supun Thilina Kellapatha, his wife Nadeeka Dilrukshi Nonis, and their two children. Then, Vanessa Mae Rodel, a Filipino woman who has a Hong Kong-born daughter also has faced the same fate.

They were introduced to Edward Snowden by their lawyer, Robert Tibbo. He brought him to their homes in 2013 just after the former National Security Agency contractor revealed he had leaked classified information to the press revealing widespread US government surveillance.

Tibbo, who advised Edward Snowden in 2013 after his arrival in Hong Kong, said his clients are now paying the price for helping the former NSA and CIA contractor evade US authorities. “I felt they already had the decision to reject the clients written up a long time ago… Their screening was expedited not to protect them, but to dispense their cases,” he noted.

The group, who are also seeking asylum in Canada, have 14 days to appeal.

 

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