Did “They” Get to Journalist Michael Hastings?

June 20, 2013
Michael Hastings Mercedes

Michael Hastings Mercedes

There sure seems to be a lot, I mean a lot of “spooky” stuff going on lately; NSA leaker Snowden flees to Hong Kong, the U.S. military and CIA are arming Al-qaeda linked rebels in Syria, Obama is rumored to have said “Remember what happened to Martin Luther King”…
And now we see that Michael Hastings, the Journalist best known for taking down General Stanley McChrystal, has died in a firey and somewhat suspicious car crash.
Hastings wrote “The Runaway General” in Rolling Stone magazine, exposing the military’s loathing of civilian leadership and President Obama – which led to McChrystal’s firing.

Recently, Hastings had been critical of the Democrat’s soft approach in dealing with the current controversy over NSA leaks. But here’s where things start going off the rails:

Hastings had reportedly just been at a screening of Jeremy Scahill’s documentary “Dirty Wars”, a book and film that kicks up a huge shit storm. Scahill had been with him at the screening. Hastings was driving home and crashed around 4am. The car hit a tree and had a massive explosion and fire.

Here’s what is on Wikileak’s twitter page:

WikiLeaks @wikileaks 17h
Michael Hastings contacted WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson just a few hours before he died, saying that the FBI was investigating him. View details ·
WikiLeaks @wikileaks 21h
Michael Hastings death has a very serious non-public complication. We will have more details later.
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And here is what was said about Hastings book on Afghanistan in the International Business Times:

“In Hastings’ 2012 book, “The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan,” Hastings writes of a McChrystal staffer who allegedly said to him, “We’ll hunt you down and kill you if we don’t like what you write.”
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So Hastings, who brought down one of the most powerful military Generals, who was writing on intrigue concerning the NSA and CIA, was being investigated by the FBI, had received a veiled death threat from one of General McChrystal’s trained killers.

New cars are basically rolling computers. Recall how about a year ago Toyota had some kind of problem where the cars veered off at a high rate of speed causing accidents? Well, those kind of problems can be hacked into the car just as easily as they can be fixed with diagnostic tools.

Additionally, one automotive site I read said it was highly unlikely that such a huge explosion and fire should have occured, and that the engine was thrown out of the vehicle. A Mercedes is not a Toyota.

Whatever happened, Hastings will be missed, and this event is sure to make other renegade reporters like Jeremy Scahill and Glen Greenwald, both deep into National Security reporting, take pause.

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