"We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." -- Hillary Clinton
Not only wealth but privacy too. Thanks to people like Clinton and Obama we have no privacy left in the United States. One of the problems with big government is that it has to get ever bigger and ever more paranoid in order to sustain and embiggen itself. Part of that paranoia involves destroying privacy.
Snowden is nothing short of a hero. Anyone with a brain already knew that the government was snooping on everyone and everything without a warrant; he simply blew their cover.
So what does this have to do with a discussion of submarine cables? Absolutely nothing. Governments don't tap into submarine cables. They simply colocate equipment at the endpoints to extract the data they want.