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Michael Hastings contacted WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson just a few hours before he died

Posted by on Jun. 20, 2013 at 12:22 AM
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Michael Hastings contacted WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson just a few hours before he died

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WikiLeaks just threw some gasoline onto the conspiracy fire. On Wednesday night, they Tweeted:

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Michael Hastings contacted WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson just a few hours before he died, saying that the FBI was investigating him.

 

What exactly are they trying to say?

Michael Hastings was a much admired freelance journalist who covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and helped to bring down General Stanley McChrystal. He was tragically killed this week in a car crash in Los Angeles, after his car hit a tree. Hastings is believed to have been alone in the vehicle.

Hastings has certainly been in contact with WikiLeaks before. In 2012 he wrote a profile of Julian Assange for Rolling Stone in which he asked tough questions – but the overall tone is sympathetic. Hastings appeared willing to accept that the US government might have targeted Assange in an effort to discredit him; the interview also highlights the failure of mainstream media outlets to expose mistakes made by the US military and generally permits Assange to push his side of the story. Hastings’ empathy for WikiLeaks ties together the deceased journalist, Julian Assange and (through Assange) the leaker Bradley Manning. You can throw Edward Snowden into that mix because he, too, is an admirer of WikiLeaks. And Hastings’ last article was about the evils of the NSA – which ended with the tantalising line, “Perhaps more information will soon be forthcoming.” Glenn Greenwald Tweeted a link to the piece after Hastings’ death. Of such connections are conspiracy theories made. In the minds of the highly imaginative, that is.

So what is WikiLeaks trying to say with this Tweet? Is it simply priming us for a revelation about why Hastings was being investigated? Or is it trying to imply that there’s some link between Hastings contacting Jennifer Robinson and the journalist’s death? If so, we might have – in the words of Michael Moynihan – a peg for yet another kind of truther.

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stormcris
by Christy on Jun. 20, 2013 at 9:13 AM
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I think right now if you are in the US it might be a bad time to be a real journalist regardless of what this is actually trying to say.

lokilover
by Bronze Member on Jun. 20, 2013 at 9:14 AM

I don't believe he was secretly killed.

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Jun. 20, 2013 at 10:50 AM
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I hope he wasn't murdered.....just the thought is terrifying.

finnbar
by Silver Member on Jun. 20, 2013 at 11:26 AM
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A lot of inconvenient people have mysteriously crashed into tree over the years.
sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Jun. 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM

 more crazy conspiracy theories

TheLadyAmalthea
by Bronze Member on Jun. 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM
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It wouldn't surprise me of he was offed.

brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Jun. 20, 2013 at 11:40 AM
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Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 more crazy conspiracy theories

It's not a conspiracy theory that he died hours after he contacted the Wikileaks Lawyer Jennifer Robinson hours before he died saying he was being investigated by the FBI.

If you are talking about people assuming that our government might have killed him. People said the same thing in the past when people said that our government was tracking and storing everything we were doing online, phones, and etc. And people were always like, "Crazy conspiracy theories" and, "That would never happen" but... alas they were right.

And it wouldn't be the first time someone who planned to exposed something tragically died before they could follow through.


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sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Jun. 20, 2013 at 11:50 AM

 it's a conspiracy theory to think they are connected

He has been in contact with Jennifer and Julian multiple times

If he was being investigated by the FBI...they would murder him for contacting a lawyer?

It's far fetched and ridiculous

Quoit's a ting brookiecookie87:

 

 

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 more crazy conspiracy theories

It's not a conspiracy theory that he died hours after he contacted the Wikileaks Lawyer Jennifer Robinson hours before he died saying he was being investigated by the FBI.

If you are talking about people assuming that our government might have killed him. People said the same thing in the past when people said that our government was tracking and storing everything we were doing online, phones, and etc. And people were always like, "Crazy conspiracy theories" and, "That would never happen" but... alas they were right.

And it wouldn't be the first time someone who planned to exposed something tragically died before they could follow through.

 

 

DSamuels
by Gold Member on Jun. 20, 2013 at 11:56 AM
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We almost never agree, but I'm with you on this one!

Quoting brookiecookie87:




Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 more crazy conspiracy theories

It's not a conspiracy theory that he died hours after he contacted the Wikileaks Lawyer Jennifer Robinson hours before he died saying he was being investigated by the FBI.

If you are talking about people assuming that our government might have killed him. People said the same thing in the past when people said that our government was tracking and storing everything we were doing online, phones, and etc. And people were always like, "Crazy conspiracy theories" and, "That would never happen" but... alas they were right.

And it wouldn't be the first time someone who planned to exposed something tragically died before they could follow through.



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brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Jun. 20, 2013 at 12:04 PM
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When people spoke of the storage facilities in Utah that would store all the information people said the same thing.

They would say it was far fetched and ridiculous that they would store that much data there. That it would be too expensive to store all that data, too expensive to build a facility for that purposes and that our government would not do that to us. Yet here we are.

It depends on why they were investigating him. If they thought he was going to expose a secret they didn't want to be exposed, perhaps?

It's about as far fetched as our government deciding to torture innocent people and continue to keep those people even after we know they are innocent in a jail in a different country.

It's about as far fetched as us putting a whistleblower in jail for 3 years with cruel and unusual punishments before he is given a trial and then limiting the evidence he can bring forth.

It's about as far fetched as us monitoring, and tracking data from every American US Citizen in our country and storing that data.

Perhaps we just live in a pretty far fetched and ridiculous country.


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 it's a conspiracy theory to think they are connected

He has been in contact with Jennifer and Julian multiple times

If he was being investigated by the FBI...they would murder him for contacting a lawyer?

It's far fetched and ridiculous

Quoit's a ting brookiecookie87:



Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 more crazy conspiracy theories

It's not a conspiracy theory that he died hours after he contacted the Wikileaks Lawyer Jennifer Robinson hours before he died saying he was being investigated by the FBI.

If you are talking about people assuming that our government might have killed him. People said the same thing in the past when people said that our government was tracking and storing everything we were doing online, phones, and etc. And people were always like, "Crazy conspiracy theories" and, "That would never happen" but... alas they were right.

And it wouldn't be the first time someone who planned to exposed something tragically died before they could follow through.


 



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