June 22nd, 2010
03:13 PM ET

Source: Alleged bin Laden hunter to be released by Pakistan

An American man detained last week in Pakistan while on a hunt for Osama bin Laden will be released Tuesday with no charges filed, a source close to Gary Faulkner's family told CNN. Faulkner, who suffers from kidney disease, has been given dialysis in a Pakistani military hospital in Islamabad and is in good condition, the source said.

U.S. officials in Pakistan were allowed to meet last Thursday with the American, according to an embassy spokesman.

Pakistani police said that Faulkner, 50, was carrying a pistol, a sword, night-vision equipment and Christian books when he was stopped near the border with Afghanistan's Nuristan province. They said he told them that he had been looking for bin Laden since al Qaeda's September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington.

His brother, Dr. Scott Faulkner, reported last week after discussions with U.S. officials that Gary Faulkner had been moved to Islamabad by the Pakistani government.

Gary Faulkner is a California-born independent contractor who has lived in Colorado for more than 40 years, his brother said. He added that Faulkner felt the U.S. government was not doing enough to bring bin Laden to justice, and was not afraid to act himself.

The U.S. State Department is offering a reward of up to $25 million in return for information leading to bin Laden's arrest.

A police chief in northern Pakistan, Mumtaz Ahmed, said Faulkner asserted he had no intention of killing bin Laden, but because of the weapons he was carrying, the police chief did not believe him.

Faulkner underwent questioning by Pakistani authorities and a medical exam. A Pakistani doctor determined he has been undergoing dialysis every 20 days and has psychological problems, according to a senior Pakistani intelligence official. The official was not identified because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

But his brother disputed that Gary Faulkner has mental problems. "My brother is not crazy. He is highly intelligent and loves his country, and he has not forgotten what Osama has done to this country," Dr. Faulkner told CNN.

Colorado Bureau of Investigation records show that Gary Faulkner has a lengthy criminal record of minor offenses that date to the early 1980s. He served jail time on three separate occasions for various charges, including second-degree burglary.

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  1. Coigne

    We should send Batman, spiderman maybe all three.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 7thseal

    Mr. President: You, your staff and the Democratic Leaders, not the people who are Republicans; God is for the poor and not the ungrateful rich, greedy gentiles. I tell you the truth: they’re EVIL and will persecute you. Just remember; They hated Jesus too. So the end of days are near. Thank goodness. The signs are showing in many ways. Few can see. If they can’t, WELL….. They is two Gods; The spirit of God and Satan, who’s blocking your sight? Mr. President Obama, keep up the good work. You’ve done 70 times 7 thousand more productive things for the country as a leader in 16 month than Bush did in 8 yrs. Sending blank checks for a War that should never happened.. Stupidity! Unemployment was just as high with Bush, but did the media or wretched people open their mouth, start a tea party? Gentiles like that are, meaningless, racist, ignorant, deceitful caucasian (wo)men( not all, just a few). So you people, continue to blame the blameless; who cares. So what if he don’t show emotions. Did BUSH show it when a City went under and people died? I tell you the truth my friend, you will pay a severe suffering death as death calls you. Bush could care less about our problems during his Presidency; just WAR! You praised him with all his deceitfulness. It’s in God’s hands now NOT the President. Storms will get worse in areas where you live NOT and the President will not do his best to fix the situations where no other president would had folded in the tent anyways. But still you wouldn’t blame as you do Obama, and it’s pretty OBVIOUS folks. I tell you the tell the truth, you have you idea. But anyway; You military, hungry Bush loyalists. If anything, the terrorist are here! GET OUT OF THE HOLY NATION AND STOP GIVING THEM MONEY!!!!! HOW DARE YOU INVADE THE HOLY LAND, YOU EVIL GENTILES! They will NOT survive without money! They can’t recruit nor get suicidal militias to blow themselves up. Your letting them bite the hand that feed them; someone maliciously is giving them funds, here in America they needs to be CAPTURED! Again, If you feel you can intimidate the President, who all his life, had mutual strong family morals with gifted intellect. It would not be in your favor. If anything, I would get as much information of knowledge from Obama in the next 8yrs as I could. I tell you the truth: You’ll never get a smarter President EVER again. You can gain discernment OR stay folly. This world WILL cave in 8yrs. So it shall be.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • katincal

      Got news for you 7thseal – My god does not approve of the bin Laden's of the world. He is a peaceful God and what the terrorists are doing is considered a mortal sin. The United States of American wouldn't be in your lands right now if it hadn't of been your your bin Laden. So you can thank him for bringing this all down around all of us (including you).

      June 22, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. abdulolaeye@gmail

    I think we shuld 4get osama case and think further, beta than waisting our time and money on trying to captured osama

    June 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 7thseal

    Mr. President: You, your staff and the Democratic Leaders, not the people who are Republicans; God is for the poor and not the ungrateful rich, greedy gentiles. I tell you the truth: they’re EVIL and will persecute you. Just remember; They hated Jesus too. So the end of days are near. Thank goodness. The signs are showing in many ways. Few can see. If they can’t, WELL….. They is two Gods; The spirit of God and Satan, who’s blocking your sight? Mr. President Obama, keep up the good work. You’ve done 70 times 7 thousand more productive things for the country as a leader in 16 month than Bush did in 8 yrs. Sending blank checks for a War that should never happened.. Stupidity! Unemployment was just as high with Bush, but did the media or wretched people open their mouth, start a tea party? Gentiles like that are, meaningless, racist, ignorant, deceitful caucasian (wo)men( not all, just a few). So you people, continue to blame the blameless; who cares. So what if he don’t show emotions. Did BUSH show it when a City went under and people died? I tell you the truth my friend, you will pay a severe suffering death as death calls you. Bush could care less about our problems during his Presidency; just WAR! You praised him with all his deceitfulness. It’s in God’s hands now NOT the President. Storms will get worse in areas where you live NOT and the President will do his best to fix the situations where no other President would have folded in the tent. But still you wouldn’t blame them as you do Obama, and it’s pretty OBVIOUS folks why. I tell you the tell the truth, you have NO idea just by your comments, what’s going and taking place in front of you. But anyway; You military, hungry Bush loyalists, trying to over-step the PRESIDENT? Your foolish, bold, and need to go. Just by looking at your eyes, I wouldn’t have hired you in the first place, no matter how many bars you have and military intelligence. If anything, the terrorist are here! GET OUT OF THE HOLY NATION AND STOP GIVING THEM MONEY!!!!! HOW DARE YOU INVADE THE HOLY LAND, YOU EVIL GENTILES! They will NOT survive without money! They can’t recruit nor get suicidal militias to blow themselves up. Your letting them bite the hand that feed them; someone maliciously is giving them funds, here in America they need to be CAPTURED! Again, If you feel you can intimidate the President, who all his life, had mutual strong family morals with gifted intellect. It would not be in your favor. If anything, I would get as much information of knowledge from President Obama in the next 8yrs as I could. I tell you the truth: You’ll never get a smarter President EVER again. You can gain discernment OR continue to be un-wise, lack of knowledge and foolish. This world WILL cave in 8yrs. So it shall be.

    June 22, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Art

    He should be in Iran.

    June 22, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jaime Greer

    Go Get em!

    June 22, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Da Professor

    The Bin Laden hunter was safer in jail. The man is an absolute nut. I believe that his family said so.

    Out on the street, the guy will get shot and the right-wing extremists in the good ole USA will find a way to blame it all on Obama.

    Bin Laden is way underground in one of the villages on the border, living well, and sitting in the cat-birds seat, watching the US and friends fight a war that cannot be won. Even powerful Russia, right next door could not win the war. Our supply line is very stretched.

    It is time to pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Let those corrupt idiots have their country. We can use the $$$ in the United States to better advantage.

    June 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jaime Greer

    Celtics should go after Lebron James...oooops wrong subject...but a good idea. Go Lakers! Celtics vs Lakers til 2015

    June 22, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rick Bohnen

    I wonder if you would have to pay taxes on the 25 million if you were to catch him.

    June 22, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. simonwigzell

    Good news for him. He can come back and run on the 1212 ticket with Sara Palin.

    Did George Bush ever explain why he let Bin Laden escape from Tora Bora? It was pretty much a dont deal, even Bin Laden said that he was about to commit suicide rather than be caught and then suddenly a miracle – Bush diverted the very troops who were within a few miles of Bin Laden to Iraq.

    June 22, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • JomoDaMusicMan

      Correct, BUSH let Bin Laden escape but u forgot to mention that this same president Bush also made sure the Ben Laden family was safely flown out of Boston (when no other planes in America could fly anywhere) into Saudia Arabia. Ben Laden could be at the BUSH PLANTATION IN TEXAS. BUSH would have never allowed a Black Person's family to be protected the way he protected Ben Laden's family. If they were looking for me they would have arrested my brother, mother, father and child. AND THIS IS A FACT

      June 24, 2010 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ranar

    This lunatic should be tried with terrorism just like we would do if someone came into the US wandering the streets with weapons and the unrealistic idea that he would change the world.

    June 25, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
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