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Chilling new questions today about the death of award winning journalist Michael Hastings.
Hastings who is best known for a critical -- star stone article that led to the resignation of general Stanley McChrystal.
Was killed and a fiery car crash early last week.
And now we're learning that just hours before the crash.
Hastings sent a panic email -- colleagues well you decide whether panicked.
Saying that the FBI was investigating him it read quote.
Hey the feds are interviewing my close friends & Associates.
Perhaps if the authorities arrive at buzz -- headquarters.
May be wise to immediately request legal counsel before any conversations or interviews.
About our news gathering practices or -- -- -- journalism issues.
I'm onto a big story and need to go off the radar for a bit.
A legal read.
Is a reporter for the Daily Beast and a friend of Michael Hastings and he joins us live by phone -- thank you for being here.
So last week after Michael died at age 33 in this car crash and how they -- a hundred miles an hour driving recklessly and with had to be.
The Internet exploded with a bunch of inner conspiracy here at theories saying.
This is the government this was somebody was out together this is somebody who was the target of -- story because it didn't sound like Michael.
And that they thought it was a little too convenient that was before.
This email surface where he said he was he was.
Onto a big story needed to go off the radar for a bit and was warning his friends that the FBI he believed was investigating him.
As his friend what do you make of it.
I really I don't know what to make of it I'm and I never spoke to Michael about these things I'm taking it all the -- grain -- -- so far.
And I'm not really.
Inclined to commit comment one way or the other about it I just I just don't know what -- We hadn't spoken for about a week and a half before Michael's passing and he would never mentioned to me that that FBI.
Might have been investigating him I'm not so I don't know what would have prompted him to think that and now.
Yeah I just I really have no idea.
Did you do you know him to be nor reckless -- out because they say he was going so fast that the engine of his car was found more than a hundred feet away from the crash.
And apparently there was -- a random photographer who was on the scene soon after.
And that photographers.
Caught footage that shows.
Michael allegedly speeding through a red light even though no one was pursuing him I mean does that sound consistent with the man you knew.
I mean that I don't think that he was he was.
A reckless person nominees certainly -- care and it was a war poured into -- -- -- to -- himself.
But that doesn't mean he might not be have been.
Driving excessively fast I don't think that some.
Something that would would be such a wild wild situation -- for him to be an okay that's just passing a red light late at night it's not like exactly.
-- because this happened at 4:30 AM on Tuesday.
Involving his Mercedes slamming into a tree.
And then it burst into flames this is the aftermath that we're seeing now now in this email that he sent to the friends again he claims that the FBI.
The feds are interviewing his close friends & Associates.
But the FBI says at no time was he ever investigation by chaos.
There are is a report in the LA times today suggesting that he was at the time he died researching a story about a privacy lawsuit.
Brought by that Florida socialite Jill Kelly against the Department of Defense in the FBI she was the one involved in the hole.
General Al -- who it was she emailing inappropriately with general Allen in General Petraeus was having the affair with his autograph for at the time.
In any event he was apparently researching a story about a privacy lawsuit brought by her.
Did you know anything about that.
No no I hadn't hadn't thought that we talked about.
The contours of -- couple stories he was working on at the time.
That you know I probably shouldn't talk about my what -- -- and does -- handle those but I hadn't heard anything about that there might have been something that we've been tipped off to.
-- intervening week and a half.
Was it any thing in without asking you to disclose the subject matter was -- anything that you know might cause any particular group.
No I I don't think so.
OK so -- all sort of you know investigative journalist type stories where.
And knowing knowing generally loves to be investigated by journalist but that it is nothing that raised an eyebrow for you in the wake of hearing that he had died unexpectedly.
Quite -- that it didn't raise any eyebrows and all it was Michael in the normal course of of the work that he does which is.
Sort of deep reporting on on people and events and I don't think that any anything -- it would have.
You know I I think that when.
In due time what we do find out from these publications with these stories were about I think that it's probably -- they're gonna put to rest some of the the conspiracy theories that are that are -- but the rest insofar as conspiracy there's can be put to rest because these things and to go on forever.
Exactly -- just because they're born on the Internet and live in and get perpetuated doesn't mean there's any there there but.
The email certainly added fuel to that fire -- and I should mention to the viewers that WikiLeaks actually -- also came out and said.
That Hastings had contacted WikiLeaks lawyers.
Hours before he died seeing that the FBI was investigating him so we've had a few different you know group's -- -- and say.
Michael was worried and.
Yes -- that I just I am I don't know what to.
No I don't think of those.
I got up and I I thank you for that.
For your perspective on that thanks for being -- -- It's my pleasure fighting -- that really quickly that -- but I know that Michael was involved in some charities that if people want to give in his memory there's -- foundation which was via the foundation named for his.
-- fiancee passed away in Baghdad in 2007 the -- was the subject of this book as well as.
Is what police have said -- people should -- to the Bowery mission which does work with almost people new York and also and those front barber ran the global health corps which is a group that puts non health workers.
In touch with the help workers mostly in the developing world trying and solutions to some of the world health problems so anti war given -- -- I think that's those are good places to start.
Thank you for that we appreciate it.
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