As of October 2014, the CIA was also looking into "infecting the vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks." The documents published by WikiLeaks do not detail for what purpose such technology would be used, but the leaks organization does add that "it would permit the CIA to engage in nearly undetectable assassinations."
At the time of his death, Hastings was working on a profile of CIA director John Brennan. This information was confirmed by his widow, Elise Jordan, who said that her husband's final article would likely be published by Rolling Stone in the coming months. The piece never went to press.
A later WikiLeaks publication indicated that at least Michael Hastings himself believed he was under FBI investigation before his car crash. The whistleblowing organization also published further unconfirmed emails alleging that this suspicion was based in fact, including one that claimed Brennan himself was the driving force behind the crackdown on investigative journalists, reported the Blaze.
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
While the Los Angeles Police Department found no signs of foul play, conspiracy theorists were not satisfied with the official explanation behind the accident. Michael had already made several enemies within the U.S. government. Perhaps the most notable was U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal, who was fired from his position as commander of NATO's International Security Assistance Force in the Afghanistan war due to Hastings' reporting. The reporter said that he later received death threats from people associated with the McChrystal Group, a Virginia-based consulting firm.
In the days before his death, Michael himself reportedly asked a neighbor if he could borrow her car because he was concerned his own was being tampered with, reported Newser. His family doesn't, however, seem to take this as evidence that Hastings was murdered, but rather links it to a long stream of paranoia brought on by his work investigating the U.S. government, PTSD, and drug use.