|Michael Hastings car|
I reported extensively at the time on the crash and the suspicions that the car's driving system had been hacked to assassinate Hastings.
Assassination by car crash, if you will.
Hastings' reporting had brought down the career of General Stanley McChrystal and indications were that he was working on a story that would be a serious problem for the Deep State.
In the new batch of documents released on Tuesday by Wikileaks concerning CIA methods and plans for hacking and spying, one document, 2014-10-23 Branch Direction Meeting notes, is relevant to the Hastings' car crash.
Most of the reporting to date on this memo has been inaccurate. The Mirror, for example, went with this headline: CIA planned to hack cars and trucks to carry out undetectable assassinations.
On social media, many speculated that the memo proves that the CIA couldn't have killed Hastings since the memo was dated October 10, 2014 and Hastings was killed more than a year earlier in June 2013. But this conclusion and The Mirror headline misrepresent the 2014 memo.
The memo does not suggest that the CIA was still looking for a way to hack into cars, rather the memo contains a broad-based list of "Embedded Devices" that would be considered in a meeting "to determine future goals and directions" for the devices.
Thus, the memo does not specify on the list what embedded devices are complete and which, if any, are still in development stages---just that they would all be considered for discussion as to future applications. On the list: Vehicle Systems (e.g. VSEP).
Thus, the memo indicates at the time of the Hastings car crash, the CIA might, indeed, have had vehicle system embedded device capability.
The memo further reveals that the CIA has an "Embedded Branch Division" and that the memo listed the areas of embedded devices that were to be discussed (my highlights):
Note it appears that some CIA embedded device vehicle work is being done away from the Embedded Branch and at QNX which probably is a reference to the commercial Unix-like real-time operating system known by the QNX acronym.Firmware TargetsInternet of Things (e.g. Weeping Angel (Extending) Engineering Notes )Vehicle Systems (e.g. VSEP)ICS/SCADANetwork Devices (including but not limited to SOHO routers)EFISoftware TargetsLinux/UnixBSDSolarisVxWorks - not addressed by any EDB workQNX - not addressed by any EDB work, big player in VSEP
According to Wikipedia, QNX was one of the first commercially successful microkernel operating systems and is used in a variety of devices including cars and mobile phones.
By the way, it is not clear what the acronym VSEP stands for. However, in Automotive Accident Reconstruction: Practices and Principles, curiously enough, there is a formula with an equation identified as VSEP---for vehicle separation.
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