Who Killed Michael Hastings?

MichaelHastingsBenjamin Wallace asks if Michael Hastings, the young war correspondent whose car exploded in Los Angeles one night, “couldn’t possibly have died accidentally, could he?” at New York Magazine:

At the end of his life, Michael Hastings, like many of the progressive journalists he counted among his friends, felt besieged by an overreaching government. Hastings was living in Los Angeles, and at a Beverly Hills theater in April, he took part in a panel discussion about the documentary War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State. Interviewed in May on The Young Turks, a talk show on Current TV, Hastings railed against the Obama administration, which “has clearly declared war on the press”; the only recourse, he said, was for the press to respond: “We declare war on you.” On May 31, he dashed off an urgent tweet: “first they came for manning. Then Assange. Then fox. Then the ap.drake and the other whistle-blowers. Any nyt reporters too.” He attended screenings of his friend Jeremy Scahill’s film Dirty Wars,which seeks to expose “the hidden truth behind America’s expanding covert wars,” and when leaks about the NSA began appearing in The Guardian, and Edward Snowden was charged with espionage, Hastings was deeply troubled by the revelations and the Justice Department’s response. On June 7, his last post for BuzzFeed, where he was a staff writer, focused on “Why Democrats Love to Spy on Americans,” and at the time of his death, Hastings was working on a profile of CIA director John Brennan for Rolling Stone.

It was for Rolling Stone, where Hastings had a contract, that he’d written “The Runaway General,” the 2010 article that resulted in the cashiering of General Stanley McChrystal, America’s commander in Afghanistan, and made his name as a journalist. Mark Leibovich, in this summer’s inside-the-­Beltway big read, This Town, describes Hastings’s McChrystal piece as “the most consequential” journalism of 2010 and possibly Obama’s entire first term. But despite going after big game, Hastings tended to be nonchalant about possible repercussions. “Whenever I’d been reporting around groups of dudes whose job it was to kill people,” he said once, “one of them would usually mention that they were going to kill me.”

By the middle of June, though, Hastings, then 33, had become openly afraid. Helicopters are a common sight in the Hollywood Hills, but he had told Jordanna Thigpen, a neighbor he’d become close to, that there were more of them in the sky than usual, and he was certain they were tracking him…

[continues at at New York Magazine]


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7 Comments on "Who Killed Michael Hastings?"

  1. Chaos_Dynamics | Nov 12, 2013 at 2:58 pm |

    Excellent thank you.

    All systems must incorporate their own.

    In the current sytem Michael was not one.

  2. mannyfurious | Nov 12, 2013 at 5:59 pm |

    Here’s an actual, believable, highly-probably conspiracy and look at all the interest it’s generated…. It’s hard to compete with the reptilians and the Sandy Hook red flag, I suppose.

    • Dude was murdered plain and simple. It’s a false flag by the way, you know, like Operation Northwoods. 😉

      • mannyfurious | Nov 13, 2013 at 11:44 am |

        Thanks for the correction. I live in Colorado, where we’ve had a bunch of “red flag” days the past couple of years…..

        This is my problem with conspiracy theories, though. Conspiracies are happening all the time, under our noses, but we have our heads too far up our asses to see them. The real conspiracies on the surface are much less exciting than whatever Alex Jones or David Icke are coming up with, but that’s precisely what makes them much more sinister and nefarious.

  3. DrDavidKelly | Nov 12, 2013 at 6:55 pm |

    Great article!

    In keeping with a good conspiracy the evidence is sketchy. It does remind me a little of my own death. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10192271/The-betrayal-of-Dr-David-Kelly-10-years-on.html

  4. dani pettas | Nov 13, 2013 at 1:43 am |

    Awesome piece. Nice to see this being covered.

  5. lilbear68 | Nov 13, 2013 at 10:16 am |

    great, we all know this is going on. what is the answer? that is the real problem. what is being done?, what will be done? who is actually willing to step up and take some real action? anonymous cant do it all

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