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Michael Hastings and Wikileaks — Let the conspiracy theories begin

Michael Hastings and Wikileaks — Let the conspiracy theories begin

I think we all know what Wikileaks is suggesting here.

On the heels of Edward Snowden’s leaks that revealed information about the NSA’s domestic surveillance policies and sparked a “national conversation,” I’m sure that Wikileaks won’t be the only ones to make such speculations about this.

For those who weren’t familiar with Michael Hastings, he was a reporter for Buzzfeed and Rolling Stone.  He rose to national recognition with his 2010 article in Rolling Stone, “The Runaway General,” about Gen. Stanley McChrystal, which ultimately led to McChrystal’s resignation.  Hastings died Tuesday morning in a car accident.  He was 33 years old.

Let the conspiracy theories begin.



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TugboatPhil | June 19, 2013 at 8:11 pm

I’m still holding on to my own theory that Jesse Jackson was in with the assassination of Martin Luther King. I know it hasn’t gotten much traction, but every conspiracy theory deserves a sponsor.

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Donald Douglas | June 19, 2013 at 8:43 pm

My hunch is the guy was rip-roaring drunk. Hollywood late afternoon car crash. The guy was driving very fast. Lost control and hit a tree. Or he had a seizure or something. But no conspiracy other than the guy probably lived fast, died young.

    Donald Douglas in reply to Donald Douglas. | June 19, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Correction. Reports say he was driving at 4:25 in the morning, which makes a drunk driving accident even more likely. His body was charred beyond recognition, which I imagine will add to the conspiracies theories. Maybe someone will report they witnessed him getting behind the wheel impaired?

Oh boy this ought to be fascinating. Not that I would think it far fetched for the FBI to be targeting a reporter in this administration but WikiLeaks best have some solid evidence.

Hastings died hitting a tree at 4AM causing the car to be engulfed in flames. Normally with a 33 year old you might suspect texting or intoxication could lead to that type of collision. Nevertheless it is the type of accident that would certainly be investigated. Fasten your seatbelts folks, this ought to be a wild ride.

Henry Hawkins | June 19, 2013 at 9:15 pm

I’m generally not the first to jump on any conspiracy bandwagon, but has anyone checked on the whereabouts 4 am this morning of one George W. Bush?

BannedbytheGuardian | June 19, 2013 at 9:20 pm

In his merc. Ha ha ha ha .whoever did it – good job. Even better if it was his fault.

Well, see, that’s what happens when one’s government has a secrecy fetish. All the peeps start wondering all kinds of thoughts about what actually happened because, well, who knows? At least one of those things might be true. Some element of plausibility is all it takes… Plus a well-developed ability to nail gelatin to a wall.

Now, we’ve got a hot load of fodder for CTs (Conspiracy Theories). Petraeus and Allen and everybody in the world and PRISM. Hastings and ? TWA Flight 800. FBI drones and ? Heck, the NSA and James Gandolfini, Jr. and/or Slim Whitman? It makes the head smart…

The problem here is that we have an administration totally caught red handed pulling dirty tricks.

We have a reporter who is supposed to be in contact with a major thorn in the side of this administration.

We have a spectacular fiery car crash leaving a body burnt beyond recognition.

To believe the administration was behind it isn’t so nuts when they have already been caught red handed being behind so many things already.

I don’t have to be a conspiracy nut. The administration has just validated anything short of alien abduction and cloned body parts.

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to Kerrvillian. | June 19, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    What would have been the realm of clinical paranoia diagnoses a month ago now has taken a number of giant strides towards being mainstream. Given what we now absolutely know about the extra-legal, extra-constitutional actions admitted by the government since 2009, it is getting harder and harder to rule out any possible actions by the Left as being inconceivable.

    I admit that when I heard of the death, and when I saw the TV news report that seems to show that the ejected engine went perpendicular to the direction the car was heading when it hit the tree; my suspicions were raised. Because nothing can be ruled out anymore. Yes, it would make more sense for him to be drunk and stupid. Neither of those conditions are automatically foreign to reporters or writers [I speak as a published writer.]. But if the regime can benefit from a reporter’s death, there is nothing now to make that result impossible. And the conjecture is a sign that the campaign of intimidation against the people is having an effect.

    When the rule of law is gone, and the government regularly perjures itself on matters large and small; only a fool takes events at their face value.

    Subotai Bahadur

A cigar is sometimes just a cigar.

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It may not mean anything, BUT have you ever seen Edward Snowden and Michael Hastings at the same time?

@Ms Mandy Let the conspiracy theories begin. … what do we do if one of the theories is accurate?

Henry Hawkins | June 20, 2013 at 11:11 am

‘Tis the season of whistleblower and they’ll be coming out of the woodwork to a tip-hungry media.

A few hours earlier he’s talking with a lawyer about FBI surveillance, and then goes out drinking & drives home at high speed for no reason? Don’t think so. His last article was about journalists being “viciously attacked” by the Admin. – you do the math.