The journalist for Rolling Stone magazine died in a highly suspicious, single-car accident. Apparently, he had told friends that he was afraid for his life following stories he had written which were critical of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. One of the emails leaked during the 2016 Democratic Convention confirmed that Hillary had received Hastings’ damning investigative report of the attack on the Benghazi consulate 5 months before his death.

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The Cost of Courage – Part I: The Life and Death of Michael Hastings
March 12, 2017
In the last five years around a dozen famous individuals died strangely during major U.S. government investigations. Andrew Breitbart, Monica Petersen, John Ashe, Antonin Scalia and Michael Hastings have all died of mysterious circumstances in the midst of major investigations into illicit activities of U.S. government agencies and officials. Almost all of them, interestingly enough, were specifically investigating the Clinton Foundation, the CIA and possible connections to human trafficking. In 2016 alone at least five, very similarly outspoken critics of the U.S. government died of mysterious circumstances.
The conclusion can easily be made, then, that simply trying to uncover the truth about the U.S. government can present real, physical risk to journalists and investigators involved.


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I want to honor these brave men and women by reinvestigating their mysterious deaths individually and in-depth in the hopes of finding patterns and possibly even the real causes of death. I have already previously discussed the heart attack of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and in this article would like to focus on Michael Hastings as the circumstances of his death have recently been discussed in relation to the findings of WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 “Year Zero” leaks.
The CIA, as it would turn out, would have motive, means and opportunity to kill Michael Hastings with their ongoing surveillance program of Hastings as well as the ability to remotely hack Hastings’ vehicle, a 2013 Mercedes C250 Coupé.

Michael Hastings was a well-known and respected journalist for Rolling Stone and Buzzfeed. His most influential work was done between 2008 and 2012, leading up to his death in a car crash in 2013. His work included notable investigative pieces on corruption and illicit activities within U.S. government agencies and institutions, in particular the U.S. Army, the Democratic Party and then-President Barack Obama.
One of his most controversial pieces was the book, The Operators, which disclosed dozens of hours worth of conversations between Michael Hastings and U.S. Army general Stanley McChrystal. In the book, Hastings mentions a conversation which took place between himself and members of McChrystal’s staff before the book’s release:

As it turns out, Hastings’ reputation as an investigative journalist made him the target of a continued surveillance program by the FBI, and possibly even the CIA. An FBI file had been opened on Hastings in June 2012 to “memorialize controversial reporting by Rolling Stone magazine”. The attorney who had obtained these files through a Freedom of Information Act Request also noted that in his research it was unusual for the FBI to have such files on reporters. [1]

The Death

Leading up to his death, Michael Hastings was becoming noticeably more paranoid and disclosed to his colleagues that he believed his car was being “tampered with.” As it turns out, at the time Michael Hastings was on assignment from the Rolling Stone to write a profile on John Brennan, director of the CIA.
The day before he died, Michael Hastings emailed colleagues that he was “onto a big story”, that he needed to “go off the radar”, and that the FBI might interview them. WikiLeaks would announce themselves that just several hours before he died, Hastings contacted his lawyer, Jennifer Robinson.
Finally, Hastings would ask his neighbor sometime after midnight to borrow her Volvo. He stated he was afraid to drive his own car, but the neighbor declined.

Sometime around 4:25 a.m in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles, California, Michael Hastings’ Mercedes C250 Coupé would hurtle at maximum speed and explode before finally crashing into a tree. It was officially reported by Motor Trend that the explosion was consistent with a high-speed crash, however video footage was made available which shows the car sparking and an explosion just before hitting the palm tree. Witnesses to the crash also described the car’s engine having been inexplicably thrown around 60 yards away from the scene.

The day before the crash, Hastings indicated that he believed he was being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In an email to colleagues, which was copied to and released by Hastings’ friend, Army Staff Sergeant Joe Biggs, Hastings said that he was “onto a big story”, that he needed to “go off the radar”, and that the FBI might interview them. WikiLeaks announced that Hastings had also contacted Jennifer Robinson, one of its lawyers, a few hours prior to the crash, and the LA Weekly reported that he was preparing new reports on the CIA at the time of his death. His widow Elise Jordan said his final story was a profile of CIA Director John O. Brennan. [2]


Who Killed Michael Hastings

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. [3]



DEATH CRASH MYSTERY Who was Michael Hastings and why is his death being talked about after the Wikileaks Vault 7 CIA leaks?
The journalist was killed when his car crashed into a palm tree hours after he told friends he was onto a “big story”.

 Michael Hastings was an investigative journalist who died after his car crashed into a tree and burst into flames in 2013

WIKILEAKS’ release of Vault 7 has reignited conspiracy theories about the CIA’s involvement in the death of Michael Hastings, an investigative journalist killed in a car crash in 2013. The trove of secret information, which allegedly comes from the CIA’s Cyber Intelligence Centre, suggests US spies have explored hacking into vehicles remotely to carry out “undetectable assassinations”.

Here’s what we know about Hastings’ death, the Vault 7 documents and conspiracy theories that they could be linked. The war correspondent and investigative journalist was killed when his car smashed into a tree and burst into a giant fireball in the early hours of June 18 2013. Hastings – a vocal critic of government mass surveillance – had sent an email to colleagues and friends just 12 hours earlier, telling them he was onto a “big story” and was under investigation.

The Buzzfeed and Rolling Stone contributor, 33, wrote:

“The Feds are interviewing my ‘close friends and associates’.

“May be wise to immediately request legal counsel before any conversations or interviews about our news-gathering practices.”

“I’m onto a big story and need to go off the radar for a bit.”

WikiLeaks also tweeted after the crash to say Hastings had contacted its lawyer Jennifer Robinson just before his death, claiming the FBI was investigating him.
The FBI took a “departure from normal policy” to deny that Hastings had ever been under investigation after receiving a barrage of calls about his death.
Hastings came to prominence after a profile he wrote for Rolling Stone on Stanley McChrystal, then commanding general in Afghanistan, which led to his resignation. The journalist gained unprecedented access when he was stranded with McChrystal due to the Icelandic ash cloud in 2010. [4]


Reminder : Michael Hastings, a vocal critic of the Obama administration, died in this explosion on June 18, 2013. (video h/t – Wildly Dangerous Rosie @almostjingo)
On June 7, 2013 – only 11 days previous, he published this incendiary article. His claim?
Obama and the Democrats were illegally spying on Americans.

Why Democrats Love To Spy On Americans Besides Sens. Ron Wyden and Mark Udall, most Democrats abandoned their civil liberty positions during the age of Obama. [5]

The day before he died, Hastings sent an unusual email to colleagues. It said that the FBI was interviewing his close friends and associates, and that he was onto a big story and needed to get off the radar.

Exclusive: Hastings Sent Colleagues Email Hours Before Crash LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — The crash that killed journalist Michael Hastings was ruled an accident by police, but conspiracy theories continued to circulate on Friday. Hastings was 33. [6]

He had also contacted Wikileaks, again citing an FBI investigation:

WikiLeaks: Hastings Said He Was Being Investigated By FBI Questions persist following the death of Michael Hastings Tuesday, after reports that the award-winning journalist told WikiLeaks the government was watching him. [7]

Then it was revealed Hastings was about to publish a damning story on the CIA:

Michael Hastings Probed the CIA Before Fatal Hollywood Crash Michael Hastings, the Buzzfeed writer who appeared to have died in a fiery Hollywood crash early today, had reported extensively on the CIA. [8]

His widow then revealed the subject of his CIA research & the last article Hastings was working on before he was murdered – sorry, before his car exploded:

John O Brennan.

Hastings’ widow: ‘Taking it day by day’

Elise Jordan sits down with CNN’s Piers Morgan for her first interview since her husband, Michael Hastings, died.

The FBI, which initially stonewalled FOIA requests for their file on Hastings, finally released a heavily redacted series of documents indicating they had opened a file on the reporter as early as June 11, 2012. Highly unusual.

FBI continues to investigate Hastings for ‘controversial reporting’ Al Jazeera obtains declassified documents on deceased Rolling Stone journalist following FOIA lawsuit. [9]

Here is the FBI redacted release. It emanates from the ‘Washington Field Office’.


This is where I need everyone’s help.

Who would have been the relevant FBI people in charge of this file. I wonder if any of our little FISA gang were involved.

Also, anything on Dennis Argall and his connections to our friends would be appreciated.

Can anyone help? Given what we know now, this stinks to high heaven. It appears to be a possible murder of a reporter getting close to Brennan and an FBI cover up.

Michael Hastings is relying on us.

Thank you.


The end.

11. Addendum : this from Hastings Twitter feed (still active) 9h/t @almostjingo) – this reporter was a fearless patriot and was onto Obama’s illegal spying before anyone else. He paid a high price :
[4] the sun