The story, first published on Monday @ the San Diego 6 News website, was updated today with a confirmation from Hasting's wife that the main subject of her late husband's exposé was indeed CIA Director John Brennan.
This week Elise Jordan, wife of famed journalist Michael Hastings, who recently died under suspicious circumstances, corroborated this reporter's sources that CIA Director, John Brennan was Hastings next exposé project (CNN clip).
As for Hastings’ final story, his wife said Rolling Stone would publish the Brennan piece in an upcoming edition of the magazine.
Meanwhile, author and freelance blogger Michael Krikorian
, posted a new surveillance video from a nearby Italian restaurant that revealed more information surrounding Hasting's final seconds of life. the video was used to calculate the speed of Hasting's car at the time of the crash. Before the release of the video, varied reports ranged from forty miles per hour to upwards of a hundred miles per hour.
A University professor told San Diego 6 News that calculating the speed of Hastings car follows a simple mathematic equation. By using the video and the distance traveled (195 feet) as well as the seconds that lapsed prior to the explosion – the car was traveling roughly 35 mph.
(clarification: Professor Mehrabadi did not provide any official comment on Michael Hastings' case and only clarified the math on a physics equation.)
That revelation is important because Jose, an employee of ALSCO a nearby business, and a witness to the accident told KTLA/Loud Labs (Scott Lane) the car was traveling at a high rate of speed and he saw sparks coming from the car and saw it explode BEFORE hitting the tree.
Apparently, the pre-explosion could explain the flash of light on the video preceding the appearance of Hasting's car. Both the pre-explosion and the slower speed could also shed light on why the palm tree hit by Hasting's car only sustained minimal damage; the fact that the rear tires of the car ended up resting against the curb - and - explains why the engine and drive train landed more than a 100 ft. from the impact area.
This new information prompted another round of FOIA/CPRAs and only adds to the questions that remain unanswered. One of those questions is where was Mr. Hastings going at 4:30 in the morning? Based on the accident location, Hastings was only 1.5 miles from his home and was headed away from his address.
Other unanswered questions point to the contents (computer, phones, notes, etc.) of his home, so far there has been no response from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) FOIA request regarding these issues. Also, numerous FOIAs have been filed with other federal agencies concerning details of Hastings suspicious car “accident.”
The intrepid author of this article, Kimberly Dvorak, wants to thank the thousands of people following this story, and for all the subsequent supportive comments and many helpful tips that followed.
Now, that's a local reporter actually doing her job. Stay tuned
Rest in Peace, Michael. You are sorely missed.