Conspiracy Theories Surrounding Journalist Michael Hastings’s Death Grow

michael hastingsAcclaimed 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.

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  • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness

    In this video, a DARPA egghead brags about how they can hack into cars with advanced computers and control everything, including steering.

    So, we are firmly in the realm of the possible. Really, no conspiracy is needed, just a hacker and some State of the art, weaponized computers.

    Considering the full court press to stifle reporting and whistle blowing by TPTB, this looks to me like they made it obvious on purpose. attn: Glen Greenwald

    very. creepy.

    http://youtu.be/3D6jxBDy8k8

  • Charlie Primero

    I don’t understand how they could control a car through the OBD-II system in a way that leaves no evidence after the car burns up. There would have to be a receiver or pre-programmed IC chip added somewhere.

    • CosmicAmazing

      Perhaps someone just installed some special software update beforehand, through the OBD. Maybe he goes to get his car inspected, or brings it in for routine maintenance. Then “they” have someone load in the software. Or since most OBD computers are connected to the internet and your personal information is known because of the VIN # / registration. The software could have been loaded from the internet into the OBD. The mechanics would have never even known and it would be completely untraceable.

      • Charlie Primero

        I read last night after my post that it is possible to hack into a car’s computer via the bluetooth interface on a passenger’s cell phone.

        • CosmicAmazing

          Interesting, so does it work if the passengers cell isn’t linked to the car? Usually you have to link your cell to the car before it can communicate properly. At least, that’s what I thought..

          • Charlie Primero

            Bluetooth security on automobiles is Mickey Mouse easy to hack through. You can do it while driving near the victim’s car. Using a linked cell phone merely increases your range to global.

            Download the tools to do it here: http://trifinite.org/trifinite_stuff.html

          • CosmicAmazing

            :)

  • Cocomaan

    After the NSA spying revelations and the DOJ’s witch hunt against journalists at the AP and Fox News, I find the phrase “conspiracy theory” to be a trite way to keep certain people out of the discussion. The things that have been revealed in the last few months were conspiracy theories from yesteryear, and now they are fact.

    Besides, it’s not like the US government hasn’t had assassination programs against domestic dissidents before. COINTELPRO, anyone?

  • Elenchus

    I’ll buy that it was a medical condition that caused his vehicle to crash into a fiery ball. Food Born Illness can really set your ass on fire.

    I mean, what else could start a fire when the engine and transmission had been ejected?

  • Juan

    “Conspiracy,” right. Really, it just becomes a question of how. We know who, what when and why.

  • http://thefreelance.tumblr.com/ Jeff A. Taylor

    Leave means out for a second. Motive.

    If Hastings was sniffing around Jill Kelley — as was initially reported and then shot down, supposedly by his wife — very big unknowns there.

    This question has never been asked directly, let alone answered: Was Kelley, at any time or in any capacity, an informant for the FBI? Further, was Kelley an asset for any foreign intelligence service?

    Imagine that Hastings was going to definitively answer those questions. And perhaps then you have all the motive you’ll need. Means then just becomes tradecraft.

  • Sergio Poalsky

    This kinda shit brings out my inner Alex Jones

    • mannyfurious

      Except, you know, this conspiracy is actually plausible, makes sense and probably occurred….

    • InAwe

      why?
      why him?

      Of all people, why Alex Jones?
      You’re inner feelings might be a little misinformed.

      • Sergio Poalsky

        Because hes been known to get quite paranoid, and this type of event makes me paranoid.

  • Cortacespedes

    And you’re NEXT Jeremy Scahill!!

  • BuzzCoastin

    I think the first few times they killed journalists & witnesses
    it was theoretical
    but after Gary Webb shot himself in the head
    twice
    I think the theoretical part of the this isn’t
    did they kill him
    but how did they kill him is theoretical