Award-winning journalist Michael Hastings dies

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Randall McMurphy
USA Today 6/19/2013
Adam Silverman, Burlington Free Press

Journalist and war correspondent Michael Hastings has died in a car crash in Los Angeles.

Michael Hastings, a native Vermonter and a journalist widely known for his profile in Rolling Stone magazine of a general who commanded U.S. forces in Afghanistan, was killed Tuesday in a car crash in Los Angeles, according to multiple reports.
He was 33.
News of his death was first reported Tuesday evening by the website BuzzFeed, for which Hastings also wrote, and by Rolling Stone .
"We are shocked and devastated by the news that Michael Hastings is gone," Ben Smith, BuzzFeed editor in chief, said in a statement posted online shortly before 7 p.m.
"Michael was a great, fearless journalist with an incredible instinct for the story, and a gift for finding ways to make his readers care about anything he covered from wars to politicians. He wrote stories that would otherwise have gone unwritten, and without him there are great stories that will go untold.
"Michael was also a wonderful, generous colleague, a joy to work with and a lover of corgis — especially his Bobby Sneakers," Smith continued. "Our thoughts are with Elise and the rest of his family and we are going to miss him."
Hastings, a Vermont native, was a 1998 graduate of Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington.
His reporting on Gen. Stanley McChrystal and the subsequent story in June 2010 led to the commander's resignation after he was quoted ridiculing President Obama, Vice President Biden and other administration officials. The story was titled "The Runaway General" and resulted from the considerable access to McChrystal and others that Hastings was granted.

Story continued...

Ed note: Hastings Last Story: Why Democrats Love to Spy on Americans

After tweeting multiple times per day, no activity since June 12th.
Randall McMurphy
Tweet from wikileaks:
Michael Hastings contacted WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson just a few hours before he died, saying that the FBI was investigating him.​
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Email from before crash...

LA Times reports:

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Hastings was researching a story on Jilly Kelly (L'Affair petreaus) at the time of death. (LA Times)

(Reminder, no Tweets for many days, after a long period of very active use.)

This link appears to be dead. From Google cache:
Randall McMurphy , in case you weren't aware, Steve Sailer has been covering this death:

Randall McMurphy
Probably just a coincidence; or too much traffic. Something like that.
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Bob Wenzel/Economic Policy Journal:
Hastings Car Crash: Murder or Suicide?
Below is the account of the only known witness who saw the Michael Hasting's car crash from beginning to end. It is appears from this account that Hasting's was not simply driving at a high rate of speed but that the vehicle was going at a speed that was unsustainable.

This seems to suggest only three possibilities:

1. There was a malfunction that caused the car to accelerate and which Hastings could not override.

2. He was actively attempting to commit suicide.

3. The electronic management of the car was taken over by an unknown via the "Boston Brake" technique .

Interview with witness:

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Randall McMurphy

I'm going to suggest that you keep us informed on this topic so that I can turn my attention elsewhere. Thanks.