The circumstances surrounding journalist Michael Hastings’ death have ignited a slew of questions and conspiracy theories since the BuzzFeed and Rolling Stone reporter died in a car accident late last month. On Friday, two journalists sued the FBI in pursuit of some of those answers.
According to RT:
“Jason Leopold and Ryan Shapiro filed a joint suit on Friday after the Federal Bureau of Investigation neglected to respond to their [Freedom of Information Act] requests within the 20-working day period required by law. Leopold and Shapiro both sent FOIA requests to the FBI following Hastings’ untimely death last month, and are now taking legal action in an attempt to expedite pleas that have so far been ignored by the bureau.”
In the early morning hours of June 18, Hastings was killed in Los Angeles when his Mercedes C250 Coupe collided with a tree at high speed, bursting into flames. The 33-year-old journalist was known for his hard-hitting, critical brand of reporting, especially a 2010 profile of General Stanley McChrystal that later forced the general to resign from his post in Afghanistan.
Mere hours before his death, Hastings sent an email to several close friends, informing them that the FBI was interviewing several people close to him and that he was onto a major story, according to KTLA. The email read as follows:
“Subject: FBI Investigation, re: NSA
Hey (redacted names) -- the Feds are interviewing my "close friends and associates." Perhaps if the authorities arrive "BuzzFeed GQ," er HQ, may be wise to immediately request legal counsel before any conversations or interviews about our news-gathering practices or related journalism issues.
Also: I'm onto a big story, and need to go off the rada[r] for a bit.
All the best, and hope to see you all soon.