Michael Hastings was the reporter who covered Iraq for Newsweek in the early 2000's. After his fiance died there he wrote a book called "I Lost My Love In Baghdad" and started doing freelance work. His most famous piece was the interview with General McChrystal for Rolling Stone which lead to the end of the General's military career. In 2011 he married a woman who worked as the speech writer for Condoleezza Rice.
On June 17th around 1pm Michael sent an e-mail to the editors of Buzzfeed. KTLA-TV got a copy of it. Winthin 15 hours of sending this he would be dead
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.
Breaking news photographer Scott Lane happened to be less than a mile from the scene of the crash that ended Michael Hastings life. He shot video of the fiery aftermath. Video taken from his car’s dashcam also shows Hastings’ Mercedes minutes before the crash, speeding through a red light. More than 30 seconds pass after Hastings’ car goes by, and no other cars pass through the intersection. Why was he driving at such a high rate of speed? How fast we will never know but a witness named Michael Carter told Yahoo News
His car just blasted past me through the red light—it shook my car. No telling how fast the driver was going. A taxi driver was in the far right lane and we looked at each other, both saying, "What the hell was that?"... By the time the light changed, I could only see the tail lights of the white Mercedes. Moments later we saw the explosion. I live in the area so parked near my place and sprinted over the the scene of the accident. As I was running, a couple of workers from the service station at the corner of Melrose and Highland were also running over. One of them and I traded stories of what we saw as we ran. He saw the car come off the ground at some point—maybe when [it] crossed Melrose.
Richard Clarke, who worked for every President from Reagan to W in various security roles, became famous when he publicly challenged the Bush administration for their handling of terrorism. In regards to the death of Hastings Clarke tells Huffington Post;
"It's relatively easy now to hack your way into the control system of a car, and to do such things as cause acceleration when the driver doesn't want acceleration, to throw on the brakes when the driver doesn't want the brakes on, to launch an air bag. So if there were a cyber attack on the car -- and I'm not saying there was, I think whoever did it would probably get away with it. I'm not a conspiracy guy. In fact, I've spent most of my life knocking down conspiracy theories. "But my rule has always been you don't knock down a conspiracy theory until you can prove it [wrong]. And in the case of Michael Hastings, what evidence is available publicly is consistent with a car cyber attack."
Channel 6 in San Diego is reporting today that the LAPD only took hours to declare "No Foul Play" in the death of Hastings. Yet the coroner Ed Winter says it took him 2 days to ID the body. They say an autopsy was performed but they don't have the results yet as toxicology reports will take several more weeks to come back. And now it's obvious no second opinion on that autopsy will be possible as they have returned Hastings body to his family in VT...in an urn. Yes they cremated the body without consent from the family who was hoping to have authorities there look at him. LAPD has also ignored the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests of channel 6 and other members of the media to review the the 911 calls, or access to the vehicle.