If you would offer a theory aligned with the “Foul Play” argument, you might want to consider some of the following, in addition to the other
facts of this case…
The climate surrounding unauthorized disclosures related to the USA’s (and, more specifically – the FBI, NSA, CIA and even DHS)
intelligence-gathering movements, both foreign and at home had been heating for a while…with one of the more notorious incidents just coming to a
boil, when, on May 20th, 2013, in an interview with “The Young Turks”, Michael Hastings, showing genuine frustration with the Federal
boldly and vehemently stated
“…the Obama Administration has clearly declared war on the press…on investigative journalists…our sources… I think the only recourse…is to
say back to the government – We Declare War On You…and we should no longer cooperate with the government when we’re doing national security
stories… We should withdraw all our cooperation…and we should publish everything we know…because it’s a ‘free press’, not a ‘free when
the government tells me to do it, press’…and we’ve been waaaayyy to easy-going with these guys – we’ve let them get away with this for years
– we’ve let them tell us what to print – what not to print – and I say ‘be done with it’ – and everybody needs to get together and fire
back…because no-one-else is going to defend the press… We have no constituency…”
Had Hastings been prepping his wife…for this “going off the radar” move?
Was he “already gone” by the time the email was sent…or…by the time he last spoke with Jennifer Robinson…or…by 4:20 a.m., the following
Did his wife know where he went?
He surely knew that his “smart-phone” would be “trackable” by the parties he was seeking to elude…
Was there some clandestine method of communication that had been prearranged by the couple?
Was she (his wife) supposed to “get out of town” shortly after his disappearance?
It would be entirely conceivable (and/or likely) that the NSA, FBI, CIA…whomever...was aware of Hasting’s email…as soon as it was sent.
Hastings was surely aware that his “smart phone” could be tracked (with GPS tracking)…
Do you think he took it along…? Or – might he have arranged for someone-else to purchase a “pre-paid cell phone” in advance.
He had visited with Jennifer Robinson earlier in the week…but (presumably) did not include her in the email sent earlier.
Did he call her after
dropping off the radar?
If so – how did she know it was him calling?
If the NSA/etc…knew of the earlier email…and…was intent on putting a stop to his nonsense…might they have an ear on the phones, emails,
Facebook pages, etc…of every known acquaintance and friend… …and tapped in to his conversation with Jennifer Robinson…?
Was he already settled into some prearranged safe-house (seedy motel?)…?
If so --- --- --- why was he out driving…toward his own place of business (the offices of BuzzFeed), at 4 a.m., that night (morning)?
Were “they” able to “lure” him into his car…by calling the pre-paid phone (or – motel phone, or otherwise), with a threat to his wife
How did they know he would be going to (headed down) North Highland Avenue?
If the “method” was – car hacking
– where did they take control of the car?
What functions did they take control of?
How did they take control?
How did they maintain control…without allowing an opportunity for him to escape (alive)?
And…ultimately…how did they ensure that the vehicle would not wreck earlier in the route…(at a lower
)…and… and …and… and …how did they facilitate the “explosion” and “all-engulfing fire”?