Don’t freak out! Remain calm! Your Pokemon Go obsession just might be funneling information into a massive secret database for the CIA. Your best lines of defense are to sign up for the game with a new Google account that is not tied to your original one. Then, remove the adorable augmented reality feature which is a toggle on the screen that activates when you click on a nearby pocket monster. Now you are mostly safe, since you probably already use GPS on your mobile device and have already given Facebook, Google and Instagram access to your photos.
If you don’t take these precautions, just know that there are allegations that the founder of Niantic Labs, John Hanke, received funding from government intelligence agencies for a company that preceded Google Earth. It was called Keyhole and doesn’t exist anymore because Google ate it. Then Hanke started working with Google to develop Google Maps. According to Gawker, somewhere along this chain Hanke developed “In-Q-Tel, a government-controlled venture capital firm that invests in companies that will help beef up Big Brother’s tool belt.” That’s where the start up money ultimately came from for Pokemon Go. By all means have your fun, but the monsters just might be the ultimate CIA psy-op lure.