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Vanessa Rodel and her seven-year-old daughter Keana are photographed following a news conference in Toronto on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.Chris Young/The Canadian Press

Vanessa Rodel, who once sheltered intelligence contractor Edward Snowden and has just been granted asylum to Canada, said Tuesday that one of the other migrants who helped the American runaway is the father of her child.

The disclosure puts more public pressure on the federal government to reunite them. Ottawa has said it does not comment on specific asylum applications.

Ms. Rodel and her seven-year-old daughter, Keana, were accepted as refugees to Canada and landed in Toronto Monday night. However, the applications from five other claimants who also helped Mr. Snowden while he was in Hong Kong in 2013 are still pending.

Among them are Supun Kellapatha, who met his wife, fellow Sri Lankan asylum-seeker Nadeeka Kuttige, in Hong Kong. They have two children, Sethumdi, 7, and Dinath, 2.

Ms. Rodel said Mr. Kellapatha is the father of Keana. The relationship between them hadn’t been public before because of privacy concerns, said one of their lawyers, Robert Tibbo.

However, Canadian officials reviewing their applications were supplied from “day one” with a birth certificate showing Keana’s parentage, said another of their lawyers, Marc-André Séguin, president of For the Refugees, the group sponsoring Ms. Rodel and the others.

All seven applied at the same time and were interviewed by three different immigrant officers one day last fall at the Canadian consulate in Hong Kong, Mr. Séguin said.

While her daughter giggled and chatted happily nearby, Ms. Rodel met reporters in Toronto on Tuesday to explain her conflicting emotions.

She was relieved to be on her way to Montreal to start a new life as a permanent resident. “I feel free. I’m so happy here in Canada,” she said.

On the other hand, she fretted about the uncertain fate of Mr. Kellapatha and his other two kids.

“The father and the daughter and the half-sister and the half-brother should not be separated,” Ms. Rodel said. “I don’t want them left behind because the situation is really bad in Hong Kong ... I’m hoping they’ll grow up together.”

Born in the Philippines, Ms. Rodel lived in Hong Kong since 2010, fleeing sexual violence in her home country. Her daughter, born in Hong Kong, was stateless, but both now have permanent residency in Canada.

She crossed paths with Mr. Snowden four years ago, after he leaked classified documents about the U.S. National Security Agency’s broad monitoring of phone calls and Internet data, then flew to Hong Kong, where he hired Mr. Tibbo, a former Montrealer, as his lawyer.

With his name now in the news, Mr. Snowden left his hotel and, for two weeks, hid in the tiny apartments of other clients of Mr. Tibbo: Ms. Rodel, Mr. Kellapatha and Ms. Kuttige, and Ajith Pushpakumara, a former Sri Lankan soldier who came to Hong Kong, saying he was sexually abused in his country’s military.

Ms. Rodel didn’t know who Mr. Snowden was when Mr. Tibbo brought him to her home. The next morning, she saw a large photo of Mr. Snowden on the front page of the newspapers. “So I know he’s the most wanted man in the world.”

Mr. Snowden later fled to Russia and was charged with theft and unauthorized communication under the U.S. Espionage Act.

Ms. Rodel said she didn’t regret her actions. “He needed help, I wanted to help him. For me, he’s a hero.”

Mr. Kellapatha is happy that Keana is safe in Canada but the strain about his own fate has led him to be hospitalized twice, Mr. Séguin said. His group, which is funded through donations, is also sponsoring the five Sri Lankans and has assumed Ms. Rodel’s resettlement costs.

He added that Canadian law gives the government discretionary powers to expedite the process or grant temporary status to reunite Keana with her father and half-siblings.

“These people are Good Samaritans who opened their doors to someone whom they saw as their own ... They are not national-security risks.”

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