The Suspicious Death of Michael Hastings

by Ian Mosley

Was Internet journalist Michael Hastings killed in an accident or was it an assassination made to look like an accident? More evidence has surfaced that the secret police were building a file on him, and Hastings referred to a mysterious ‘big story’ that may have caused alarm at the highest levels of the US government.

An article from the Huffington Post reports: “Hours before dying in a fiery car crash, award-winning journalist Michael Hastings sent an email to his colleagues, warning that federal authorities were interviewing his friends and that he needed to go ‘off the radar’ for a bit. The email was sent around 1 p.m. on Monday, June 17. At 4:20 a.m. the following morning, Hastings died when his Mercedes, traveling at high speeds, smashed into a tree and caught on fire. He was 33.”

“Hastings sent the email to staff at BuzzFeed, where he was employed, but also blind-copied a friend, Staff Sgt. Joseph Biggs, on the message. Biggs, who Hastings met in 2008 when he was embedded in his unit in Afghanistan, forwarded the email to KTLA, who posted it online on Saturday.”

“Here’s the email, with the recipients’ names redacted.”

“Subject: FBI Investigation, re: NSA”

“Hey (redacted names) — the Feds are interviewing my close friends and associates. Perhaps if the authorities arrive BuzzFeed GQ, er HQ, may be wise to immediately request legal counsel before any conversations or interviews about our news-gathering practices or related journalism issues. Also: I’m onto a big story, and need to go off the radar for a bit. All the best, and hope to see you all soon. – Michael.”

“Rumors that the FBI was investigating Hastings began the day after his death, with a couple of mysterious WikiLeaks tweets. In a rare move, the FBI issued a statement denying that Hastings was under investigation. The Los Angeles Police Department also said it had found no evidence of any foul play in his death. Hastings, an accomplished war correspondent and sharp political reporter, was best known for writing a critical Rolling Stone profile of General Stanley McChrystal that led to his resignation.”

“It’s unclear what ‘big story’ Hastings was working on prior to his death…”

There have been several embarrassing scandals involving the US government recently including:

  • Julian Assange and wikileaks
  • Michael Manning and wikileaks
  • The NSA Scandal
  • The IRS Scandal
  • Edward Snowden

One article notes “Government prosecutors (are) hoping to win a life sentence for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning in the WikiLeaks scandal…”

Another article notes “…the pursuit of Assange is political… When Julian Assange was first arrested, we were struck by the unusual zeal with which he was being pursued for rape allegations.”

“It seems even clearer now, that the allegations against him are a smokescreen behind which a number of governments are trying to clamp down on WikiLeaks for having audaciously revealed to the public their secret planning of wars and occupations with their attendant rape, murder and destruction.”

“Justice for an accused rapist does not deny justice for his accusers. But in this case justice is being denied both to accusers and accused.”

“The judicial process has been corrupted. On the one hand, the names of the women have been circulated on the internet; they have been trashed, accused of setting a ‘honey trap’, and seen their allegations dismissed as ‘not real rape’. On the other hand, Assange is dealt with by much of the media as if he were guilty, though he has not even been charged….”

A New York Times article reports “American authorities were scrambling on Monday to figure out how to catch Edward J. Snowden, the former national security contractor accused of espionage, as he led them on an international chase, frustrating the Obama administration and threatening to strain relations on three continents.”

“Diplomats and law enforcement officials from the United States warned countries in Latin America not to harbor Mr. Snowden or allow him to pass through to other destinations after he fled Hong Kong for Moscow, possibly en route to Ecuador or another nation where he could seek asylum….”

“Mr. Snowden managed to elude capture just as American officials were asking the Hong Kong authorities to detain and send him to the United States on charges that he illegally disclosed classified documents about global American surveillance programs. He was aided in his escape by WikiLeaks, the antisecrecy organization, whose founder said he helped arrange special refugee travel documents from Ecuador…”

“…Mr. Snowden’s presence on Russian territory dealt a fresh blow to a relationship that has deteriorated sharply over the past year over issues like Syria and human rights. Yet Russian leaders seemed to be making efforts to keep his visit relatively quiet, not parading Mr. Snowden before cameras or trumpeting his arrival…”

While there are legitimate US military secrets that need to be protected, politicians have increasingly been hiding their criminal abuses of power by classifying illegal surveillance programs.

It’s obvious that the US government has been “playing hardball” with the likes of Assange, Manning and Snowden. Is it possible that the government has gotten so fed up with information being leaked that they decided to arrange the death of Mr. Hastings either by sabotaging his brakes or by chasing him at high speeds until he crashed his car? The last messages from Hastings strongly suggest the possibility of foul play.

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