From Tony Cartalucci – LD:
Some could have been excused for dismissing initial qualms surrounding the GPS-based augmented reality game, Pokemon Go. The game has swept the world, but its development is surrounded by disturbing connections between its developer Niantic, its former parent company Google, and the US State Department.
But while many before could only speculate as to the reason the US State Department may have been interested in developing such a game, it appears now there is at least a partial answer.
AFP would report in their article, “Pokemon Go a campaign weapon for presidential candidates,” that:
AFP would also report (emphasis added):
Quite literally then, the game is being used to lure people to physical locations through the promise of virtual payments. Once there they are subjected to political campaigning. One could imagine how this could be further expanded upon to manipulate people to an even greater degree.
AFP would also report something perhaps a bit more curious – that former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton alleged that she didn’t “know who created ’Pokemon Go.’”
Clinton Was Secretary of State When Google-Niantic-State Department Began Collaboration
Niantic is headed by John Hanke, a former employee of both Google and before that, the US State Department.
He specifically worked on Google Maps and Google Earth, and did so during the opening phases of the “Arab Spring” in 2011 when Google Maps and Google Earth were manipulating location names in real-time in cooperation with the US State Department and US-backed protesters and militant groups on the ground in Libya and Syria.
It was also revealed that at this time, former US State Department employee Jared Cohen, then employed by Google, approached Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with a proposal of how to use location-based application to assist in the overthrow of the …