Michael Hastings was a vocal critic of the Obama administration, Democratic Party and surveillance state.
In 2013 during the investigation of reporters by the U.S. Department of Justice Hastings referred to the restrictions on the freedom of the press by the Obama administration as a “war” on journalism. His last story, “Why Democrats Love to Spy On Americans”, was published by BuzzFeed on June 7.
Hastings died in a fiery high-speed automobile crash on June 18, 2013, in Los Angeles, California
These documents detail CIA cyber operations, which include hacking a television so that it pretends to be off while recording targets.
The documents have not been confirmed as authentic by the CIA.
One document detailing notes of an October 2014 meeting of the “embedded development branch” says a potential target is “vehicle systems.”
WikiLeaks wrote in a press release, “the purpose of such control is not specified, but it would permit the CIA to engage in nearly undetectable assassinations.”
Wired has previously reported on how hackers were able to take control of a car’s controls and disable the brakes.
Michael Hastings died in a fiery crash hours after contacting Wikileaks.
Hastings contacted Wikileaks hours before his fatal crash. He sent out a panicked email saying the FBI was investigating him.
Michael Hastings contacted WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson just a few hours before he died, saying that the FBI was investigating him.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) June 19, 2013
Hastings told his neighbor he believed his Mercedes had been tampered with, according to a report.
In a lengthy profile by LA Weekly, Hastings’ neighbor Jordanna Thigpen says he knocked on her door after midnight and asked to borrow her Volvo because he was afraid to drive his own car.
“He was scared, and he wanted to leave town,” she told the weekly newspaper. She declined, saying her car was in need of repairs.
Hastings died later that night. He lost control of his car.
The CIA has not confirmed nor denied the validity of the documents released by WikiLeaks.
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