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    Report: Michael Hastings feared his car had been tampered with
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 21, 2013
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      Report: Michael Hastings feared his car had been tampered with
      <http://www.salon.com/2013/08/21/report_michael_hastings_feared_his_car_had_been_tampered_with/>



      According to the LA Weekly, reporter Michael Hastings asked to
      borrow a friend's car shortly before his death

      By Jillian Rayfield <http://www.salon.com/writer/jillian_rayfield/>

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      Topics: Michael Hastings <http://www.salon.com/topic/michael_hastings>,
      BuzzFeed <http://www.salon.com/topic/buzzfeed>, conspiracy theory
      <http://www.salon.com/topic/conspiracy_theory>, Los Angeles
      <http://www.salon.com/topic/los_angeles>, Politics News
      <http://www.salon.com/category/politics/>

      Report: Michael Hastings feared his car had been tampered with
      <http://media.salon.com/2013/06/hastings-death.jpeg-1280x960.jpg>(Credit: AP)

      War correspondent Michael Hastings, who died in a car crash in April,
      had reportedly become concerned that his car had been tampered with in
      the days leading up to his death, and asked friend Jordanna Thigpen to
      borrow hers, according to new profile in the LA Weekly
      <http://www.laweekly.com/2013-08-22/news/michael-hastings-crash/>.

      From the report:

      Helicopters often circle over the hills, but Hastings believed there
      were more of them around whenever he was at home, keeping an eye on
      him. He came to believe his Mercedes was being tampered with.
      "Nothing I could say could console him," Thigpen says.

      One night in June, he came to Thigpen's apartment after midnight and
      urgently asked to borrow her Volvo. He said he was afraid to drive
      his own car. She declined, telling him her car was having mechanical
      problems.

      "He was scared, and he wanted to leave town," she says.

      The next day, around 11:15 a.m., she got a call from her landlord,
      who told her Hastings had died early that morning. His car had
      crashed into a palm tree at 75 mph and exploded in a ball of fire.

      According to the LA Weekly, this was not the only indication of
      Hastings' "increasingly erratic" behavior, as writer Gene Maddaus put
      it, in the days leading up to his death:

      The day before Hastings died, he sent an email to his BuzzFeed
      bosses with the subject line "FBI investigation, re: NSA." The email
      informed them that "the Feds are interviewing 'my close friends and
      associates,' " and advised them to get a lawyer if they were
      contacted. (No friends or associates have stepped forward to say
      that they were interviewed, and the FBI has denied it was
      investigating Hastings.)

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