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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Hastings thought someone had tampered with his car

I didn't want to crowd out the preceding post so soon, because the topic is important and I even did a spot of original research on the GC-Wiki thing. So please go read the post below this one. And when you're done, read this L.A. Weekly article on Michael Hastings.

Turns out he told people he thought someone was tampering with his car. He even asked to borrow a friend's car because he did not trust his own. The helicopter thing may have been paranoia -- but on the other hand, do you recall the last act of Goodfellas?

The piece confirms earlier reports that he was working on an article about CIA Director John Brennan. Was that the story that got him killed?

I don't think so. As you may recall from a previous post, I found an intriguing clue: Just before the accident, he had sent messages to a guy named Ron Brynaert -- who was, and presumably still is, obsessed with the stranger aspects of the Wiener affair. The Breitbart-linked bloggers who went after Wiener also linked up with the underground war between spies and hackers. And...well, it gets complicated.

Now if you haven't done so already, go read the GC-Wiki thing. I'll have more to say about that soon. Something important, methinks.
Hastings family (strangely muted) supposedly wanted an intervention. He was estranged from his spouse (living alone in apt) and I keep hearing he was abusing Ritalin, and suggestions Adderol (known for producing hallucinations) but none in his system and they remain elevated in the blood weeks after stopping. Traces of meth and cannabis, not sufficient to cause crash.

Don't know what to think.

If it is in fact true that Hastings was afraid to drive his own car, doesn't that just further highlight the question of why he would get into it at 4 in the morning? Do we have any evidence that he was lured somewhere?

I'm afraid that this story just tends to establish that this was an increasingly paranoid or otherwise mentally ill guy who intentionally or otherwise took his own life with his car.
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