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FBI denies Michael Hastings investigation
« on: August 21, 2013, 00:12:49 AM »

FBI denies Michael Hastings investigation

By TAL KOPAN | 6/21/13 11:50 AM EDT  Updated: 6/21/13 5:11 PM EDT



A tweet from Wikileaks fueled a cascade of speculation online. | AP Photo

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The FBI denies that it was investigating journalist Michael Hastings after an online storm of speculation about his death this week fueled by a WikiLeaks tweet.

On Wednesday, WikiLeaks tweeted that Hastings “contacted WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson just a few hours before he died, saying that the FBI was investigating him.”

According to reports, a follow-up tweet on Thursday read “It is not acceptable that the FBI was investigating yet another national security journalist, this time Michael Hastings,” but that tweet has since been deleted.

Buzzfeed editor Ben Smith confirmed to New York Magazine that Hastings had been concerned he was under investigation before his death.

The FBI said in a statement on Thursday that it was not investigating Hastings.

“At no time was Michael Hastings under investigation by the FBI,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

Regardless, the tweet from WikiLeaks fueled a cascade of speculation online. Some blogs suggested the White House was involved in Hastings’s death, another speculated it appeared to be a “mafia hit.”

The Los Angeles Police Department has ruled out foul play in his death, the L.A. Times reported Thursday.

Hastings died in a car accident on Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was a reporter for Buzzfeed and Rolling Stone, famous for a profile in that magazine of Gen. Stanley McChrystal that included comments critical of the Obama administration and led to McChrystal’s resignation.


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