Hastings Died While Investigating Jill Kelley
He was to meet with a rep for her next week
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 20, 2013 3:17 PM CDT
In this Nov 13, 2012 file photo Jill Kelley leaves her home in Tampa, Fla.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

(Newser) – Well this should provide some grist for the conspiracy theory mill: Michael Hastings was working on a piece about a privacy lawsuit from Jill Kelley before his fatal car crash. (You might remember Kelley from her role in David Petraeus' scandalous love quadrangle.) Hastings was scheduled to meet with one of the socialite's reps next week, the LA Times reports.

Of course, given Hastings' usual beat, virtually any story he might have been working on could prompt conspiracy theorists, and some have already been at work. WikiLeaks helped matters along last night by revealing that Hastings had contacted a WikiLeaks lawyer "just a few hours before he died, saying that the FBI was investigating him." The Los Angeles County coroner, meanwhile, confirmed today that it was indeed Hastings who was killed, reports AP.

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Jun 24, 2013 3:54 PM CDT
I see the libs are trying to get out in front on this one to downplay yet another Obama crony scandal
Jun 21, 2013 3:57 PM CDT
the man was speeding and just didn't make it: left the road and hit a tree.. what is the conspriracy? Speed kills.
Jun 21, 2013 9:17 AM CDT
My hats off to this very brave man. One of those very few reporters that tried to expose the truth about corruption and lies in powerful places. From what I've read the guy was fearless. It's very sad to see that a representative of the freedoms that the people in this country cherish was so brutally murdered. And the really sad thing about it is that nothing will come of it. It sends the message that if you try to expose the truth the same thing will happen to you. We'll cover it up and make it look like an accident. We'll besmirch your memory and make the world think your a drunk and drug addict. We live in terrible times.