Hastings Sent Alarming Email Day Before Death
Reporter said feds were interviewing his friends, he was working on 'big story'
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2013 7:44 AM CDT
Michael Hastings, an award-winning journalist and war correspondent, sent an email hours before his death saying that he needed 'to go off the radar for a bit.'   (AP Photo/Blue Rider Press/Penguin)

(Newser) – Michael Hastings emailed his BuzzFeed colleagues that "the Feds are interviewing my 'close friends and associates,'" reports Huffington Post, adding that he was onto "a big story, and need to go off the rada[r] for a bit." Fifteen hours later, Hastings was dead in a car crash that has conspiracy theorists talking. The email surfaced by way of Staff Sgt. Joseph Biggs, who had known Hastings since the journalist embedded with his unit in Afghanistan in 2008 and was BCCed on the email. “It alarmed me very much,” Biggs tells KTLA, which has a copy of the email (see it here). "I just said it doesn’t seem like him. I just had this gut feeling and it just really bothered me." Hastings was reportedly writing a piece about Jill Kelley; it's unclear if that's what he's referring to.

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RidersOnTheStorm
Jun 23, 2013 8:12 PM CDT
"Michael Hastings was murdered, and the rest is detail." http://jimstonefreelance.com/hastingsmurdered.html
K.KRANK
Jun 23, 2013 4:49 PM CDT
I bet he was driving one of those newer BMWs w/electronics vulnerable to high-tech remote electronic signal jamming that could be used to cause the car's throttle to stick wide open w/o the driver being able to do much to slow it down besides burning up the brakes while holding onto the steering wheel for as long as possible before crashing at high speed b/c he ran out of clear drivable road. Now what spook style agencies here would have such equipment... I'm sure I don't know. Either that or he was a paranoid/grandiose style suicide trying to make it look like he was assassinated by government military agency high-tech spooks out for revenge for his Rolling Stone General McChrystal career wrecking story. What does Occam's Razor tell us to do in this case... hmm. His car &/or his brain just malfunctioned I guess. That's it, simple as that ;)
Rammrodd
Jun 23, 2013 12:57 PM CDT
In fact, Hastings was drooling over a photo of Jill Kelley and flogging his pud when he lost control of his mind & his car.