Total control of any communication over the Internet? I bet a lot of countries would love to have that. The country of the free made it a reality. The USA seems to monitor pretty much any communication that goes over the internet. Their intelligence agency NSA has a program called prism, which taps into all major communication platforms like Google (Gmail), Microsoft (Outlook.com), Facebook, Telephone and so on.
While a lot of newspapers are reporting just this, it’s not that much of a surprise. There have been warning voices since many years. Unfortunately major newspapers never listened to them. Some Hollywood spy movies are surprisingly close to the truth. What is news, is the whistleblower Edward Snowden went to China to find a safe place. Some people might argue, that he went to Hong Kong and that city is not really China. While Hong Kong has its own political system, its foreign affair matters are all take care of by the PRC government.
If the USA want to have Snowden delivered, they have to talk with Beijing. Who would have fought that people will flee from the USA to China just because they want to speak out freely?