I am fairly sure that Michael Hastings himself would have preferred the story to be about what he was investigating rather than about him . . . but . . .
. . . is a pack of hyenas pulling down a wounded lion best described as conspiracy, or just a bunch of hungry hyenas with a common interest ? Micahel Hastings died under at least three sets of suspicious circumstances ( well covered elsewhere .) That alone warrants meticulously thorough investigation. Anything less would just be considered a fourth suspicious circumstance.
But that is not the core issue , even so.
If in the end it turns out to be just a tragic automobile accident then remember that direct violence isn’t the only way to commit an assassination. There is , for example, targeted persecution. Just ask Aaron Swartz. Sorry , a little late for that , isn’t it?
The fundamental issue is the multi-phasic war on Journalists , and through it a war on the very act of truth-telling itself.
The war on Journalists will end when there are no more pathologically guilty liars protected in high office . . . or there are no more journalists like Michael Hastings.