Conspiracy or coincidence: Michael Hastings working on story about CIA chief at time of death

Conspiracy or coincidence: Michael Hastings working on story about CIA chief at time of death

Journalist Michael Hastings, who was killed in a fiery car crash in June, reportedly had been working on several big stories including one on CIA Director John Brennan before his death.

San Diego 6 News reports that Hastings had focused his latest project on Brennan, the former White House counterterrorism adviser and current CIA director.

Hastings’ wife Elise Jordan also told CNN that a Brennan piece from her late husband will soon be published in Rolling Stone magazine.

San Diego 6 News also reported on a purported email from a CIA contractor which said Brennan was behind “witch hunts of investigative journalists” and someone from the White House was targeting anyone printing material “negative to the Obama agenda.”

A CIA spokesperson told San Diego 6 News, though, that “any suggestion that Director Brennan has ever attempted to infringe on constitutionally-protected press freedoms is offensive and baseless.” Another spokesman said the CIA had a cordial relationship with Hastings.

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