Last year, I observed:
“These packets travel from my location to Toronto to Chicago to New York to Montreal to Ottawa to Carleton University to the machine named Rideau. [...] I can see the building housing Rideau.carleton.ca through the window. It is down the street.”
According to this NYT article:
“One outside expert on communications privacy who previously worked at the N.S.A. said that to exploit its technological capabilities, the American government had in the last few years been quietly encouraging the telecommunications industry to increase the amount of international traffic that is routed through American-based switches.”
I hadn’t connected those dots until just now.