WikiLeaks Says Michael Hastings Contacted It Just before His Death. Are They Implying He Was Murdered?

michael_hastings_a_pTim Stanley writes at the Telegraph:

WikiLeaks just threw some gasoline onto the conspiracy fire. On Wednesday night, they Tweeted: “Michael Hastings contacted WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson just a few hours before he died, saying that the FBI was investigating him.”

What exactly are they trying to say?

Michael Hastings was a much admired freelance journalist who covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and helped to bring down General Stanley McChrystal. He was tragically killed this week in a car crash in Los Angeles, after his car hit a tree. Hastings is believed to have been alone in the vehicle.

Hastings has certainly been in contact with WikiLeaks before. In 2012 he wrote a profile of Julian Assange for Rolling Stone in which he asked tough questions – but the overall tone is sympathetic. Hastings appeared willing to accept that the US government might have targeted Assange in an effort to discredit him; the interview also highlights the failure of mainstream media outlets to expose mistakes made by the US military and generally permits Assange to push his side of the story. Hastings’ empathy for WikiLeaks ties together the deceased journalist, Julian Assange and (through Assange) the leaker Bradley Manning. You can throw Edward Snowden into that mix because he, too, is an admirer of WikiLeaks. And Hastings’ last article was about the evils of the NSA – which ended with the tantalising line, “Perhaps more information will soon be forthcoming.” Glenn Greenwald Tweeted a link to the piece after Hastings’ death. Of such connections are conspiracy theories made. In the minds of the highly imaginative, that is.

So what is WikiLeaks trying to say with this Tweet? Is it simply priming us for a revelation about why Hastings was being investigated? Or is it trying to imply that there’s some link between Hastings contacting Jennifer Robinson and the journalist’s death? If so, we might have – in the words of Michael Moynihan – a peg for yet another kind of truther.

See also: Why Glenn Greenwald Should Drive a ’75 Mustang II

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

    WikiLeaks should ALWAYS be treated with caution, just like any self-promoting activist group, right down to your local PTA. But.

    We simply have too many open questions in this matter. Was the FBI in fact investigating Hastings? That is a yes/no, black/white matter, no “truther” slur required.

    If so, about what? Again, there is a fact to that matter. Did it involve Jill Kelley? We have conflicting reports on whether Hastings was looking into her. Again, yes or no.

    It is certainly true that we have not yet had a definitive answer after all these months to the common-sense question, Was Jill Kelley in any capacity, at any time an informant for FBI agent Fred Humphries and/or any foreign power?

  • Anarchy Pony

    Staged vehicle crashes are a favorite assassination method of the covert intelligence sphere. The CIA has a manual in which effective means of assassinations are detailed, staged car crashes are indeed listed as a preferred method.

  • Juan

    I’m pretty sure this guy was murdered by the very people he pssied off. I would be very surprised if it turned out he really did die in an accident.

    • gustave courbet

      “Of such connections are conspiracy theories made. In the minds of the highly imaginative, that is.”- I wonder if Tim Stanley knows that there are some highly imaginative people working in black ops. Someone should direct him to the video of that DARPA scientist talking about hijacking cars’ onboard computers.

    • gustave courbet

      “Of such connections are conspiracy theories made. In the minds of the highly imaginative, that is.”- I wonder if Tim Stanley knows that there are some highly imaginative people working in black ops. Someone should direct him to the video of that DARPA scientist talking about hijacking cars’ onboard computers.

  • TiredMemeCat

    Bet your ass that car’s computer and black boxes are missing or wiped / replaced. Where is that car now? Already crushed? Who had custody since the moment of the accident? OF COURSE THEY KILLED HIM.

  • howiebledsoe

    I wouldnt say that drawing a line between his death and the NSA is “delusional cospiracy theorist paranaia.” It could have been an accidental coincidence, but it could just as easily have been a more sinister plot.

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