Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings died under suspicious circumstances after he wrote a huge exposé on Bowe Bergdahl. Hastings revealed that Bergdahl had deserted his unit and actively sought out the Taliban.
Berdahl’s platoon mates told Hastings that Bowe had deserted and the Army responded by placing the platoon on a gag order.
Hastings had also revealed Bergdahl’s anti-American sentiments, and published the shocking emails Bowe sent to his father that said: “I am ashamed to be an American… The horror that is America is disgusting.”
In July of 2012, Hastings published a ten-thousand word article titled America’s Last Prisoner of War in which he told of his trip to Afghanistan to speak to Bergdahl’s former platoon unit who violated their gag order, and took great personal risk to speak to Hastings anonymously.
In 2012, the Obama administration had “encouraged” the Bergdahl’s to refrain from speaking about it. The father, Robert Bergdahl, had gone on a very public campaign, criticizing the Obama administration for killing Afghanistan civilians, and had even said that one of the Taliban captors of his son had his child murdered by a CIA drone.
Robert Bergdahl went so far as to post a video on YouTube, where he appealed directly to this son’s captors, stating: “…We must also thank those who have cared for our son for almost two years…We have wept that God may show his beneficence, his mercy and that his peace may come upon the people of Pakistan. As-salamu alaykum [peace be upon you].”
A 22-page secret FBI report dated June 11, 2012, obtained by investigative reporter Jason Leopold, shows that both Hastings and former Afghanistan war veteran and co-writer Matt Farwell were under an intense FBI investigation in early 2012.
Staff Sergeant Joseph Biggs, told Fox News that Hastings was working on “the biggest story yet” about the CIA before his untimely death, was responsible for releasing an email Hastings wrote 15 hours before his car crash in which the journalist stated he was “onto a big story” and needed “to go off the radar for a bit.”
Biggs tweeted that the reason he released the email was because Hastings’ other friends and colleagues who received it were “too scared” to do so.
After the email was released, Hastings’ wife Elise Jordan thanked Biggs and vowed to “take down whoever did this,” according to Biggs.