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By Shepard Ambellas
LOS ANGELES — Investigative journalist Michael Hastings, recently investigating new heightened levels of governmental sponsored surveillance of the American populace, was reported dead Wednesday by his employer.
The LAPD said the body recovered from the fiery car crash that ended a single human death after jumping a median and hitting a tree was unidentifiable and it is still unknown if there is any further connection to foul play or illegal activity.
The La Times reported Wednesday, “Neither the Los Angeles Police Department nor coroner’s officials could immediately confirm whether Hastings was the victim of a single-car crash that occurred about 4:25 a.m. in the 600 block of North Highland Avenue. Police officials said it was the only vehicle fatality reported Tuesday morning in the city of Los Angeles.
The vehicle crossed a median, struck a tree and burst into flames in the Hancock Park area, LAPD Officer Christopher No said. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
Coroner’s officials said they could not immediately identify the victim, saying the body was burned beyond recognition. Without identification or next of kin, neither the LAPD nor the coroner’s department could officially identify the body found in the vehicle.
But in a statement released Tuesday afternoon, BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith confirmed that Hastings died earlier in an L.A. car crash, saying his team was “shocked and devastated by the news.”
However, some are still skeptical of Hasting abrupt death, including the organization Wikileaks, who issued a tweet to 1.9 million Twitter followers Wednesday announcing that, ”Michael Hastings contacted WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson just a few hours before he died, saying that the FBI was investigating him.”
This raises suspicion and red flags because the FBI was recently suspected to have murdered a former MMA fighter (during a late night interrogation) who knew one of the Boston bombing suspects personally. This was documented by the Intellihub.com in the article, FBI Execution Squads Operational on American Soil.
It appears as if journalists have been and still are a major target of the establishment as others such as Breitbart (rest his soul) have also felt the wrath.
The HollywoodReporter wrote, “The journalism community has poured forth with expressions of shock and deep sadness since news of Hastings’ sudden and dramatic death rippled across social media Tuesday.
Hastings, perhaps best known for the 2010 Rolling Stone piece that ultimately brought down U.S. Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, was hailed in countless obituaries as a fearless and unstoppable reporter.”
Hastings was a valuable reporter that will be missed.
The recent deaths of whistle-blowers, journalists, and other key figures who are opposition to the establishment is a concern. Likely the NDAA plays a role as America is the new battlefield.
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