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Exclusive: Hastings Sent Colleagues Email Hours Before Crash (WOW)
KTLA ^ | June 21, 2013

Posted on 06/21/2013 10:56:51 AM PDT by SE Mom

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — The crash that killed journalist Michael Hastings was ruled an accident by police, but conspiracy theories continued to circulate on Friday.

Hastings, 33, was killed in a fiery solo-vehicle crash in Hancock Park early Tuesday morning.

...Staff Sgt. Joseph Biggs told KTLA that he received an email from Hastings on Monday.

Biggs had known Hastings since 2008, when the journalist was embedded in his unit in Afghanistan.

“On Monday morning, I woke up and I got an email, and it’s very panicked,” Biggs said.

He was blind-copied on the email, which was sent to Hastings’ colleagues.

In part, it said that the feds were interviewing his close friends and associates, and that he was onto a big story and needed to get off the radar.

The FBI has denied that Hastings was ever under investigation.

“It alarmed me very much,” Biggs said. “I just said it doesn’t seem like him. I don’t know, I just had this gut feeling and it just really bothered me,” he said.

The email was sent just before 1 p.m. on Monday, 15 hours before the deadly crash.

Breaking news photographer Scott Lane happened to be less than a mile from the scene of the crash, and shot video of the fiery aftermath.

Video taken from his car’s dashcam also caught what appeared to be Hastings’ Mercedes minutes before the crash, speeding through a red light.

More than 30 seconds pass after Hastings’ car goes by, and no other cars pass through the intersection.

“There’s no cars that are following him,” Lane said. “He flies by and 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 30 seconds goes by… No cars are following him.”

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1 posted on 06/21/2013 10:56:51 AM PDT by SE Mom
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To: maggief; hoosiermama; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Perdogg; MestaMachine; penelopesire

Copy of email at link.


2 posted on 06/21/2013 10:58:07 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

Could it be that Hastings was trying to create a story with his death?


3 posted on 06/21/2013 10:59:28 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: SE Mom

What are the odds of a camera-ready videographer being nearby, particularly at that hour?


4 posted on 06/21/2013 11:00:09 AM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: BenLurkin

Ping


5 posted on 06/21/2013 11:03:54 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: .45 Long Colt

What are the odds of a car exploding upon hitting a tree?


6 posted on 06/21/2013 11:05:10 AM PDT by FreedomStar3028
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To: .45 Long Colt

In LA?

The odds are probably good that there were three freelance videographers working within five minutes of the crash.

There are guys staking out places all over LA trying to get paparazzi video 24/7. It’s a way of life there.

Crazy, huh?


7 posted on 06/21/2013 11:05:23 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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To: SE Mom

Could have had a psychotic break. Non stop stress will help that. On the other hand his car could have been tricked up or blown up. Doesn’t pay to come to the public attention of the Man. With no evidence whatever, I vote for Breitbarting as the cause.


8 posted on 06/21/2013 11:05:37 AM PDT by Stentor
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To: SE Mom

Brietbarted?


9 posted on 06/21/2013 11:05:58 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: SE Mom
“There’s no cars that are following him,” Lane said. “He flies by and 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 30 seconds goes by… No cars are following him.”

No cars, huh?

Did he look UP?

10 posted on 06/21/2013 11:07:53 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as defined by the Law of Nature, not a 'person' as defined by the laws of Man)
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To: DannyTN

Killed.


11 posted on 06/21/2013 11:10:02 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: MamaTexan

I have never EVER seen a car catch fire crashing.


13 posted on 06/21/2013 11:11:04 AM PDT by FreedomStar3028
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To: Stentor
Could have had a psychotic break.

This guy was an editor for Rolling Stone. This sounds like maybe he suffered Sudden Hunter Thompson Syndrome.

14 posted on 06/21/2013 11:11:45 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything. Bolshies' gonna bolsh.)
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To: Vermont Lt

There are freelancers ALL OVER LA / Hollywood and some in OC. Hollywood especially is a great place to be on weekend nights if you have a scanner and a car. The cop reads the name on the license and his location and boom, $$.

If you hear a celebrities name, you drive by, take a picture, and if it’s mediocre, you sell it for a couple thousand dollars. If it’s BIG, you sell it for more. And it’s almost a given that at least two celebs are going to be drunk/drugged and driving every hour on a weekend night.


15 posted on 06/21/2013 11:12:24 AM PDT by struggle
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To: DannyTN

Breitbarted?

No doubt.

There is a major, massive coverup of historic proportions going on.
Something.
Something hugh!

But you can bet your shiska-bobs that the MSM will do nothing to unravel it.

The MSM is worthless. Worse than worthless.
They are cowards, not journalists.


16 posted on 06/21/2013 11:12:54 AM PDT by djf (Rich widows: My Bitcoin address is... 1ETDmR4GDjwmc9rUEQnfB1gAnk6WLmd3n6)
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To: FreedomStar3028

>>I have never EVER seen a car catch fire crashing.

He ran over a hydrant - it could have torn up his fuel lines and provided the spark.

The question is, what was he running from, or who was controlling his car?


17 posted on 06/21/2013 11:13:25 AM PDT by struggle
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To: AliVeritas

Ping


18 posted on 06/21/2013 11:14:19 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: ConservativeMan55
There was a person who saw the crash and said the car went by at really high speed.

Makes me wonder if Hastings had been drugged.

The rest of the Press needs to figure out what story he was working on and get it out.

19 posted on 06/21/2013 11:14:59 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: .45 Long Colt

Bingo


20 posted on 06/21/2013 11:15:20 AM PDT by Lady Heron
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To: SE Mom
Also: I am on a big story, and need to go off the radar a bit

Evidently that message was intercepted and he was accommodated.

21 posted on 06/21/2013 11:15:38 AM PDT by metafugitive
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To: DannyTN

There’s a lot of stuff the Admin doesn’t want out.


22 posted on 06/21/2013 11:16:46 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: SE Mom
The FBI has denied that Hastings was ever under investigation.

But was he a person of interest or w witness?

23 posted on 06/21/2013 11:18:00 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: ConservativeMan55

I know. By “Brietbarted?” I mean “Was he Brietbarted?”. Unfortunately the post that landed right before mine mentioned Brietbarted and made it look like I didn’t know what Brietbarted meant.


24 posted on 06/21/2013 11:19:00 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: SE Mom

What are the odds that a vehicle speeding thru a red light would eventually end up in an accident....


25 posted on 06/21/2013 11:19:20 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: Raycpa

Or a group in a position to pretend to be the FBI was intimidating him.

Now who would know enough and be confident of not being prosecuted for masquerading as FBI?


26 posted on 06/21/2013 11:21:14 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Raycpa

Is it possible for his car computer to have been programmed to speed w/ no brakes?


27 posted on 06/21/2013 11:22:11 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Rusty0604

Google driverless car

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_driverless_car


28 posted on 06/21/2013 11:23:47 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Paine in the Neck
This sounds like maybe he suffered Sudden Hunter Thompson Syndrome.

I knew a city bus driver who was as grounded as could be in conversation and on the job. He never drank during the work week but put away a bottle of Hennessy on his days off. Did that for at least 10 years. One night he wakes up and his neighbors are yelling insulting things at him from their houses. Except they weren't. They put him on a 55 gallon drum of Risperdal and eventually brought him down with advice to lay off the sauce. Don't know whether he got dibbed out or a desk job. Be interesting to know if Hastings drank a lot.

29 posted on 06/21/2013 11:24:37 AM PDT by Stentor
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To: struggle

BS. These cars especially top end model’s computers automatically cut off the fuel in crashes. This car look like it EXPLODED on impact. In the video the metal looks like its melting in places.


30 posted on 06/21/2013 11:25:09 AM PDT by FreedomStar3028
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To: SE Mom

Perhaps he was an adrenalin junkie.


31 posted on 06/21/2013 11:26:32 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: SE Mom

Going off radar / disappearing. Faking own death. Have they done DNA tests on the body?

We’re FBI fake? FBI said they weren’t investigating. Who was?


32 posted on 06/21/2013 11:29:10 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then!)
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To: FreedomStar3028

Based on what I learned while handling a car burning case many years ago—the odds are almost zero. For that case I interviewed a number of arson experts, auto industry experts, insurance industry experts, etc.


33 posted on 06/21/2013 11:30:01 AM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: ConservativeMan55
There’s a lot of stuff the Admin doesn’t want out.

Not only the Administration, but BOTH parties.

34 posted on 06/21/2013 11:31:07 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: DannyTN

Yes I’ll take Breitbarted for $500 Alex.


35 posted on 06/21/2013 11:32:02 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: .45 Long Colt

Yep. Hastings was murder death killed. By drone or by bomb, or a combination of incendiary device + accelerator manipulation.

People see car burning in crash and don’t think twice, because they see it in fiction all the time.


36 posted on 06/21/2013 11:33:02 AM PDT by FreedomStar3028
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To: Raycpa

This was a 2012/2013 Mercedes C250 Coupe, entry-level model a little over $40K. A V6 Honda Accord is faster.

The C250 is a prestige badge for cheap, as evidenced by so many FReepers who think it must be way more expensive than a Buick Lacrosse.


37 posted on 06/21/2013 11:33:04 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: hoosiermama

I think he’s been I’d by dental.

I don’t know if I trust the FBI to tell the truth anymore.


38 posted on 06/21/2013 11:33:23 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

Was Breitbart also ‘unto something big’ before his untimely heartattack?


39 posted on 06/21/2013 11:35:16 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Rusty0604
Is it possible for his car computer to have been programmed to speed w/ no brakes?

There are 55 onboard computers on late model Lexus cars. Mercedes is probably similar. The Techstream factory computer interface can do all kinds of stuff. Including ABS/VSC and throttle.

I believe a device connected to the CAN bus and hidden under the dash could be used to remotely do most anything.

Disclaimer: I know nothing about cars that are not Toyota/Lexus. I have been a Toyota specialist for 32 years.

40 posted on 06/21/2013 11:36:11 AM PDT by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: SE Mom

Sooner or later these pesky idealistic journalists will realize that the first warning is the last warning. It shouldn’t take plutonium poisoning for them to get the hint.


41 posted on 06/21/2013 11:37:41 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (I believe in God. All else is dubious.)
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To: Roccus

YEP


42 posted on 06/21/2013 11:39:17 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Raycpa

Who believes anything the FBI says anyway. They are all liars covering up massive stuff for Obama and his minions.


43 posted on 06/21/2013 11:39:17 AM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: djf

The MSM is worthless. Worse than worthless.
They are cowards, not journalists.


They have calmed down significantly since their little “meeting” with Holder, haven’t they?


44 posted on 06/21/2013 11:39:27 AM PDT by MWestMom (Psalms 109:8)
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To: DannyTN

Ah gotcha!


45 posted on 06/21/2013 11:39:34 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: FreedomStar3028
How many C250s have you witnessed crashing?
46 posted on 06/21/2013 11:41:44 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Electorate data confirms Resolute Conservative voted for Soetoro)
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To: SE Mom; All

Whenever the Mainstream Media calls something “Conspiracy Theory”....there is always a lot more to the story. Always

Always


47 posted on 06/21/2013 11:47:12 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Don't Blame Me For La Raza Rubio....I Voted For Alex Snitker)
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To: jjotto
Is this model equipped with a diesel engine? If so, that was one helluva explosion for low octane diesel fuel.
48 posted on 06/21/2013 11:48:39 AM PDT by iontheball
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To: MWestMom

Glad Holder can’t ‘meet’ with the Guardian.


49 posted on 06/21/2013 11:51:48 AM PDT by txhurl (RNC 'voter suppression': attempting to limit each voter to ONE vote!)
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To: SE Mom
Investigators were looking into whether Hastings’ car had a mechanical problem, or if he may have had a medical condition that caused him to crash, police said.

The key to all of this is that regardless of the real truth, benign as it might conceivably be, we all know for a fact that the authorities ARE incompetent, that they do LIE at the drop of a pin, that they are completely capable AND willing to off political dissidents, be they private citizens or journalists if they believe they can get away with it.

Point being, that unless you get confirmation from God, you simply can't believe these people. Even if they are not complicit and are telling the truth.

50 posted on 06/21/2013 11:52:58 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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