Niantic, Inc., the company that developed Pokemon Go, was founded by a man by the name of John Hanke, who had previously been funded by In-Q-Tel, a CIA venture capital firm, to develop the program that was later acquired by Google and named Google Earth. John Hanke was involved in Pokemon Go, and headed up Google's Geo division which included Google Earth, Google Maps, Google Local, Google StreetView, SketchUp, and Panoramio. Before that, he spent four years with the U.S. Foreign Service in Washington, D.C. and overseas in Myanmar, where he worked on foreign policy issues. Before they changed their web site some years ago, In-Q-Tel described its business as an "independent investment firm that identifies innovative technology solution to support the missions of the U.S. Intelligence Community." According to its own web site, the CIA established In-Q-Tel in 1999 to "identify and invest in companies developing cutting-edge information technologies that serve United States national security interests." In 2000, In-Q-Tel invested in Keyhole, Inc., which developed 3D flyby images of buildings and terrain from geospatial data collected by satellites. The company was named "Keyhole" in reference to the KH spy satellites launched by the American National Reconnaissance Office. Google bought Keyhole and developed it into Google Earth. What the conspiracy is precisely is anyone's guess. For the purpose of Google Earth, this supposedly private company was given proprietary access to satellite data that no other private company has access to and while most of us might find Google Earth to be an interesting resource, the combination of its satellite data and camera information added by its Google cars that travel all over the country, and probably other countries, would allow for the collection of huge amounts of data mapping out the country, including people's houses and back yards. Assuming that data is being gathered from players of Pokemon Go, this would allow the collection of data from private citizens who can go into places that government agents might not otherwise have the opportunity to visit. Could it be that players of the game are being directed to specific places, at specific times, that intelligence agents are looking for data? When you add this information to the article posted by Julian Assange, of Wikileaks, about Google's relationship with the United States government, it gets so interesting that it makes my head hurt. I have ordered Assange's book, which I should receive soon.