Not looking for a debate. And not sure if my search skills can adequately filter for this question. Just want my ignorance fought. So, here goes.
It is claimed that the NSA is ‘intercepting’ (for whatever definition of intercept you want to use) email and other electronic communications.
Given how the internet is laid out, with multiple paths, alternate paths, communication traffic bouncing around via authoritative domain servers and such…are they set up such that they are intercepting traffic at darned near every hop one can see on a tracert? If you get what I’m asking here. There are so many carriers, so many ISP’s, so much data going through gmail.com, yahoo.com, outlook.com and the cable ISP’s, and the Telco isp’s and all the .edu’s and such. How much traffic is realistically being captured? How would they read a private message between users here?