WikiLeaks Vault 7 Conspiracy: Michael Hastings Assassinated by CIA Remote Car Hack?

WikiLeaks Vault 7 Michael Hastings, cia car assassination

Michael Hastings participates in the Guardian’s “Post-Truth Politics & the Media’s Role” dicussion at The LongView Gallery on May 1, 2012 in Washington, D.C. (Morigi/Getty Images for The Guardian)

It was revealed today by the WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 leak that the Central Intelligence Agency may have car hacking capabilities, leading online conspiracists to further the claims that journalist Michael Hastings was murdered by the CIA.

Hastings died on June 18, 2013, in a fiery high-speed automobile crash in his Mercedes C250 Coupé following the publication of “Why Democrats Love to Spy On Americans” on BuzzFeed. Hastings had been a vocal critic of the Obama administration. Following his death, former U.S. National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism Richard A. Clarke said that Hastings’ crash was consistent with a “car cyber attack.”

Clark told the Huffington Post, “What has been revealed as a result of some research at universities is that it’s relatively easy to hack your way into the control system of a car, and to do such things as cause acceleration when the driver doesn’t want acceleration, to throw on the brakes when the driver doesn’t want the brakes on, to launch an air bag… You can do some really highly destructive things now, through hacking a car, and it’s not that hard.”

According to CW6 San Diego, Hastings claimed to have received a death threat prior to the crash by a staff member at the McChrystal Group about a critical passage in his book, The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan. The McChrystal Group is an advisory firm started by retired United States Army general Stanley Allen McChrystal.

McChrystal’s last military assignment was in Afghanistan.

CW6 also reported that Hastings was investigating CIA Director John Brennan for an upcoming exposé before his death.

WikiLeaks Vault 7 Michael Hastings, cia car assassination

In an official synopsis of the recently leaked Vault 7, the above passage can be found.

Redditors on r/conspiracy are already connecting the new information to the death of Hastings. It cannot be independently confirmed.

However, a July 23, 2015, article on WhoWhatWhy by Russ Baker also drew a similar conclusion to conspiracist Redditors, despite not having access to WikiLeaks Vault 7 information.

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      • I totally reject your statement if it was not sarcasm. If one is afraid to execise the freedoms he is granted by the Constitution he will surely lose them. Millions have died to keep the freedom you and I enjoy, to do anything less is to disgrace their memories

      • Do NOT live in fear. These kind of attacks take a lot of resources to pull off, a long planning lead time and are considered “bespoke” i.e. custom made for each target. They do not preload every car off of the assembly line. Similar to NSA surveillance; does NSA record every bit coming across the trans-oceanic fiber? Undoubtedly. Do they have the manpower to process your conversation into actionable intelligence if you are not already known by other means to be a target / threat? NO. Modest security means; patching, anti-virus, SSL, VPNs (think locking your doors and windows on a car/home) are enough to keep your routine, local (real) threats out. If If you are reading this line, you are likely too small a target for CIA/NSA to worry about. Unless you are committing a crime, or in Hastings case deliberately antagonizing agencies who have a professional capability to assassinate (*ahem* “Kill or Capture HVT”), these agencies do not have the capacity to spy on 300+ million people. They barely have enough capacity to action legitimate threats. Another thing – I promise you that Gen McChrystal did not kill Hastings. He did not even order the hit. After two and a half years as commander JSOC, he simply did not vehemently order anyone *not* to touch Hastings. Now if you want to get to the real threat posed by these agencies, ask “What do they do of real value to the warfighter or national intelligence interests?” (very little – particularly little support to warfighters) “How much public money are the consuming?” (Quite a bit). “Are they systematically evading congressional and judicial oversight?” (you bet). I have no argument against the *capabilities* that these agencies have – they should have those capabilities. I take grave exception to they way these capabilities are used without accountability and with little benefit to the nation.

        • I totally agree there lacks capability by any organization to monitor masses of people simultaneously…the vast resources do not exist. Only Hollywood can project these type capabilities. In addition, I get that there is fair amount of highly trained resources withing the intelligent agencies….but there are no Jason Bournes. AI and cognitive will get them closer, however it will take human intervention to review and take action for the foreseeable future. The last thing I’m worried about is my iphone or TV
          being monitored.

    • Yes it is still a conspiracy. Conspiracy definition: a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful. What you mean to say is that it’s not a conspiracy theory: a belief that some covert but influential organization is responsible for a circumstance or event.