Michael Hastings was working for BuzzFeed at the time, but he became famous for his widely-read Rolling Stone profile on Gen. Stanley McChrystal contained quotes which led to the general's firing by President Obama. He was working on a "big story" when he emailed his BuzzFeed Collegues that the FBI was interviewing his "close friends and associates." Reported the Huffington Post:
Less than 24 hours later, Hastings died when his 2013 Mercedes C250 coupe crashed into a tree on Highland Ave. in Los Angeles at approximately 4:30 am on June 18... One neighbor told a local news crew she heard a sound like an explosion. Another eyewitness said the car's engine had been thrown 50 to 60 yards from the car. There were no other vehicles involved in the accident.Hastings, not known to be a reckless driver, blew through a stoplight at between 60 and 100 mph. His crash was so violent it took the LAPD two days to identify his body.
Former U.S. National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism, Richard Clarke, told The Huffington Post that what is known about the single-vehicle crash is “consistent with a car cyber attack.”
Pat Dollard noted that in the 2012 book ‘The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan’ Hastings said he didn’t drink and hadn’t had one in 10 years.
In other FBI news, the New York Times reports that its investigation of "subject" killings revealed that the Bureau deemed itself faultless in 150 shootings of subjects over almost two decades. The Times quoted a very suspicious Sam Walker, of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, a noted expert on law enforcement practices and policies, who took issue with the FBI's self-investigations and conclusions.