The “Accidental” Govermnent Murder Of Michael Hastings
Acclaimed reporter Michael Hastings died tragically when his car crashed and burst into flames over a week ago. The mysterious accident has already led to talk of the conspiracy theory variety, as Hastings had been investigating stories related to the CIA and NSA prior to his death. Now WikiLeaks has revealed that Hastings contacted them hours before he died, and KTLA Los Angeles adds that on that day Hastings sent a mass email to associates saying that he was being investigated by the “Feds”, was “onto a big story”, would be going “off the radar for a bit”:
The crash that killed journalist Michael Hastings was ruled an accident by police, but conspiracy theories continued to circulate on Friday. Hastings, 33, was killed in a fiery solo-vehicle crash in Hancock Park early Tuesday morning.
He was best known for a 2010 Rolling Stone article that led to the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was the former U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Joseph Biggs told KTLA that he received an email from Hastings on Monday. Biggs had known Hastings since 2008, when the journalist was embedded in his unit in Afghanistan.
“On Monday morning, I woke up and I got an email, and it’s very panicked,” Biggs said. He was blind-copied on the email, which was sent to Hastings’ colleagues. In part, it said that the feds were interviewing his close friends and associates, and that he was onto a big story and needed to get off the radar. “It alarmed me very much,” Biggs said. “I just said it doesn’t seem like him. I don’t know, I just had this gut feeling and it just really bothered me,” he said.
Investigators were looking into whether Hastings’ car had a mechanical problem, or if he may have had a medical condition that caused him to crash, police said.
Around 4:30 a.m. early Tuesday morning journalist Michael Hastings died in a fiery car crash while driving through Hollywood. The 33-year-old Hastings was an infamous thorn in the side of the Obama administration when, in 2010, he exposed the scandal that led to the firing of General Stanley McChrystal as America’s top commander in Afghanistan.
His recent work on the CIA and the NSA have led to some serious speculation about his untimely and mysterious death. Could his death have been a conspiracy?
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Car Fire Was Out of Control
The fire that consumed Hastings’ car (watch above) looks like something out of a movie, especially considering it hit a tree. Cars hit trees all the time and few of them burst into a ball of fire. For comparison, here is a video of Hastings’ model of Mercedes on its crash test:
2. The Body Was Unrecognizable
According to the Los Angeles Times, Hastings was pronounced dead on the scene, but the body was so badly burned that it could not be identified and, in fact, still has not been officially identified. No autopsy was done today and it is unclear when one will happen. The body has been labeled
“John Doe 117.”
3. He Was Reporting on the CIA and NSA
Hastings final article, which was pushed on Buzzfeed on June 7, was titled, “Why Democrats Love to Spy on Americans.” We know that Hastings had turned his attention to NSA and domestic surveillance, and we also know that Hastings, unlike many other journalists of our generation, knew how to find the stories worth telling. Is it possible he discovered something that made him a government target? Or maybe he just found something so big that he had to drive his car very quickly through Los Angeles at 4:30 a.m.? The final words of his final article are:
Perhaps more information will soon be forthcoming.
4. The Engine Was Found 60 Yards Away and a Neighbor Said It Sounded Like an Explosion
How quickly does a car have to be moving so that when it crashes into a tree it flings an engine that weighs around 300 pounds 60 yards, according to NY Daily News? Because that is what happened. The same article also cites multiple neighbors as saying they heard an explosion.
5. Wikileaks Said Hastings Called Their Lawyer That Night
Michael Hastings death has a very serious non-public complication. We will have more details later.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) June 19, 2013
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
These two tweets were released by Wikileaks. According to them, a few hours before he died Hastings called Wikileaks Lawyer Jennifer Robinson worried that he was under investigation by the FBI. Are the two things connected? We’ll let you know as the story unfolds.