Police, Firefighters Ordered Not To Speak About Michael Hastings Crash
Police and firefighters in Los Angeles have been ordered not to speak to the media about the deadly crash involving Rolling Stone journalist Michael Hastings, fueling speculation that some form of cover-up could be underway.
San Diego 6 journalist Kimberly Dvorak says she was unable to obtain the police report concerning the crash despite the fact that the LAPD already ruled out "foul play" days after the incident.
A gag order has also been placed on cops and firefighters who both responded to and investigated the crash, which occurred in the early hours of June 18 in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.
"When you go to the LA police department and you go to the fire department....they all said they couldn't comment and some of them said they were told not to comment on this story," said Dvorak.
The journalist added that she talked to "military personnel" who commented that the inferno which consumed Hastings' Mercedes was an extremely hot fire that "is not something you normally see with a car like this," and that Mercedes itself was waiting to hear from the LAPD but has not been contacted.
Dvorak also noted that the engine from Hastings' vehicle was found 150 feet behind the car, contradicting testimony from two university physics professors who said that "the engine would go with the forward velocity of the (vehicle)."
HIghlighting the absence of skid marks on the road, Dvorak said she was inclined to surmise that the car either malfunctioned or "there was something on the car that allowed that to trigger and blow up," noting that Mercedes denied their vehicle could have exploded in the manner seen in the incident that killed Hastings.
Dvorak also mentioned two separate academic studies out of the University of Washington and the University of California, San Diego which both detail how modern cars can easily be hacked and remote controlled, a premise also raised by former counter-terror czar Richard Clarke, who told the Huffington Post that the fatal crash of Hastings’ Mercedes C250 Coupe was “consistent with a car cyber attack.”
As we previously reported, questions surrounding Hastings' untimely death have emerged primarily because the journalist was working on "the biggest story yet” about the CIA before he was killed.
The writer also sent out an email 15 hours before his car crash stating he was “onto a big story” and needed “to go off the rada[r] for a bit.”
According to colleagues, Hastings was “incredibly tense and very worried, and was concerned that the government was looking in on his material,” and also a “nervous wreck” in response to the surveillance of journalists revealed by the AP phone tapping scandal and the NSA PRISM scandal.
After Wikileaks reported that Hastings had contacted them a few hours before his death complaining that he was under FBI investigation, other friends confirmed that the journalist was "very paranoid" about the feds watching him.
Another close friend of Hastings, Staff Sergeant Joseph Biggs, told Fox News that Hastings “drove like a grandma” and that it was totally out of character for him to be speeding in the early hours of the morning.
Hastings had made numerous powerful enemies as a result of his exposure of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal in 2010, receiving several death threats in the process.