Was This American Journalist Assassinated by the CIA?
Hasting died in the early hours of June 18th when his car crashed into a tree at high speed in a Los Angeles park. Police quickly ruled that there was no evidence of foul play, and marked the incident down as a tragic accident. But before long conspiracy theories were emerging suggesting that there was evidence of something much more sinister afoot.
Today news emerged that Hasting’s body was cremated – against the wishes of his family who wanted him to be buried. This will further strengthen the case of the conspiracy theorists.
Here are some of the main points in the conspiracy case:
- Hastings was an investigative journalist working on a expose of the CIA. According to San Diego 6 reporter Kimberly Dvorak, Hastings has decided not to tell his wife about the story “because he said he wanted to protect her from knowing anything so if anything were to happen to him nothing would happen to her.”
- Fifteen hours before the fatal car crash Hastings had sent an email saying that he was “onto a big story” and that he was going “off the radar.” Just hours before he died, the journalist contacted wikileaks.com, telling staff at the site that he was under surveillance by the FBI.
- The cremation of the body destroys any physical evidence of, for example, any drugs which may nor may not have been in his system.
- LAPD have ignored Freedom of Information Act requests made by San Diego 6 News for the police report, 911 call, autopsy report, bomb squad and toxicology reports, and have refused to make the car he was driving available for inspection.
- Local police and other emergency services have been issued a gag order, to prevent them from talking to the media about Hasting’s death, something which seems unnecessary if there is nothing to hide.
- Experts have questioned why, if it were an accident, the car would have exploded in flames with such ferocity and how the engine ended up 150 foot behind the rest of the car. Counter terrorism expert Richard Clarke told Huffington Post that the details of the crash were “consistent with a cyber car attack,” and explained how it is possible for hackers to take control of many modern vehicles. “There is reason to believe that intelligence agencies for major powers” — including the United States — know how to remotely seize control of a car. What has been revealed as a result of some research at universities is that it’s relatively easy to hack your way into the control system of a car, and to do such things as cause acceleration when the driver doesn’t want acceleration, to throw on the brakes when the driver doesn’t want the brakes on, to launch an air bag,” Clarke told The Huffington Post. “You can do some really highly destructive things now, through hacking a car, and it’s not that hard.”
- Dvorak has claimed that she has been threatened with violence if she continues to investigate Hastings’ death.
- The wife of Michael Hastings herself believes that there are still questions to be answered, and has hired a private investigator.