Appelbaum’s hour-long keynote, culled from top-secret agency documents provided by Edward Snowden and written about in the German publication, described the scale of surveillance the NSA has and hopes to achieve worldwide.
“Their goal is to have total surveillance of everything they’re interested in. There really is no boundary to what they want to do,” Appelbaum said. “There is only sometimes a boundary of what they are funded to do and the amount of things they are able to do at scale. They seem to do [those things] without thinking too much about it. And there are specific tactical things where they have to target a group or individual, and those things seem limited either by budgets or simply by their time.”"