Michael Hastings Death Conspiracy: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Around 4:30 a.m. early Tuesday morning journalist Michael Hastings died in a fiery car crash while driving through Hollywood. The 33-year-old Hastings was an infamous thorn in the side of the Obama administration when, in 2010, he exposed the scandal that led to the firing of General Stanley McChrystal as America’s top commander in Afghanistan.

His recent work on the CIA and the NSA have led to some serious speculation about his untimely and mysterious death. Could his death have been a conspiracy?

Here’s what you need to know:

1. The Car Fire Was Out of Control

The fire that consumed Hastings’ car (watch above) looks like something out of a movie, especially considering it hit a tree. Cars hit trees all the time and few of them burst into a ball of fire. For comparison, here is a video of Hastings’ model of Mercedes on its crash test:

2. The Body Was Unrecognizable

According to the Los Angeles Times, Hastings was pronounced dead on the scene, but the body was so badly burned that it could not be identified and, in fact, still has not been officially identified. No autopsy was done today and it is unclear when one will happen. The body has been labeled
John Doe 117.”

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3. He Was Reporting on the CIA and NSA

Hastings final article, which was pushed on Buzzfeed on June 7, was titled, “Why Democrats Love to Spy on Americans.” We know that Hastings had turned his attention to NSA and domestic surveillance, and we also know that Hastings, unlike many other journalists of our generation, knew how to find the stories worth telling. Is it possible he discovered something that made him a government target? Or maybe he just found something so big that he had to drive his car very quickly through Los Angeles at 4:30 a.m.? The final words of his final article are:
Perhaps more information will soon be forthcoming.