How close did bin Laden hunter get?
Gary Faulkner went to Pakistan to hunt for Osama bin Laden last year. Now he reportedly wants some of the $25 million reward.
May 4th, 2011
03:27 PM ET

How close did bin Laden hunter get?

Last June an American construction worker was picked up in Pakistan on a one-man mission to capture Osama bin Laden.

Gary Faulkner was armed with a dagger, some biblical literature, a pistol, night-vision goggles and a sword, news reports said.

What's more, the man was even on dialysis, CNN reported at the time. And yet somehow he managed to end up in Chitral, a mountainous district in the northern tip of the country.

Chitral  was as logical a place as any to hunt for the most wanted terrorist in the world. News reports in the years since the 9/11 attacks had put bin Laden in fortress-like environs along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Chitral fit the bill. It was connected to the rest of the country by a strip of land so treacherous that it is often closed because of weather conditions.

On Sunday night, Americans received news that bin Laden was killed in his compound in Abbottabad, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad.

How far off was Faulkner, whose across-the-world trek still remains shrouded in mystery?

Chitral to Abbottabad is roughly about 300 miles, according to Google Maps technology, indicating about a "7-hour" drive.  Yeah right. To put the distance in perspective, according to Google, the two places are about the same distance as Atlanta, Georgia, to the Florida Panhandle.

Of course, much of the Pakistan route is undriveable because of foothills and mountains. The area is also said to be inhabited by fiercely independent tribes.

While Faulkner has talked to CNN in depth much of the details about his trip remain secret. What we do know is that he wants some of the $25 million reward money that was offered for bin Laden's kill or capture.

"I scared the squirrel out of his hole, he popped his head up and he got capped," Faulkner told ABC News this week, referring to bin Laden's death. "[U.S. officials] were handed this opportunity on a platter from myself," he was quoted as saying.

Faulkner also told ABC that assertions that bin Laden had been holed up in his compound in Abbottabad for more than half a decade were not true.

"He hadn't been living there for no damn six years," he told ABC. "I absolutely flushed him out."

Should Faulkner get a portion of the reward?

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Filed under: Al Qaeda • Osama bin Laden • September 11 • Terrorism
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  1. Jeff Goldsworthy

    Well some of his boyz still live in north Torrance!

    May 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brian

    simple.. NO!!!

    May 4, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nur amabo nur

    Why no report any in us of the downed helicopter ? Witnesses report a us helicopter went down with apparent mechanical problems at the compound. This has been reported in the U.K. But not in the U.S. Daily mail has photos of the crashed helicopter outside the compound. Obviously we'll never get the true story.

    May 4, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • d-rew

      there have been plenty of reports and photos right here on cnn...try looking a little harder and not be so lazy

      May 4, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danny K

      You're kidding, right? From the second Osama was killed every American news outlet mentioned the downed chopper.

      May 4, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shagy

      The downed choper was reported. it was blown up by US forces due to it being broken.

      May 4, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Questionable

      Have you been sleeping these couple of days? Not only is your question completely off topic but it's old news. Venture out a little buddy...venture out....

      May 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danny K

      Check that, from the second they ANNOUNCED that he was killed. They obviously didn't know about the chopper the second he was killed.

      May 4, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Riza Atta

    @john if you had a brother you would feel the same way, you don't know how you feel when you loose a family member, I was devastated, now you tell me to rot in hell, what's wrong with you, don't you have feelings? I guess not, that is why my brother did not like you people, you are cold and you have no heart.

    May 4, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • sonia

      @Riza there are family members of 3000+ innocent people who died 10 yrs ago in nyc – go talk to them and see how they feel. there isn't a depth of hell deep enough for these psychotic, evil, delusional extremists and i can't wait until they are eradicated off the face of this earth in the worst way possible. so every normal person (and 99.99% of the muslim population, which are good people) can finally live in peaceful place.

      May 4, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • jakub

      @ Sonia
      lol. Peaceful place? We live in one of the most violent countries in the world. Stick your head out of your ass. If you want to live in a peaceful place than America is not it honey! As for this guy, the government should write him a $1 check. At least he did more than any of us!

      May 4, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      How heartless do you have to be to fly a plane load of people who are already going to die into a building to try and klill even more people. Sorry Riza, but it's really hard for most Americans to feel any sympathy for you.Especially me, I'm ex-military and have a marine for a son.USA SEMPER FI. look it up..

      May 23, 2011 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lucy

    i wonder if gary faulkner is single? i am sooooooo in luv with him! i don't care if he gets any money, i just lust after him. and he's my hero to. he flushed out osama and i would luv for him to flush me out everyday!

    May 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • US Soldier

      best comment on this whole site, all day.

      May 4, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • citizen

      hehe, soldier, you're probably right.

      May 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • shotgunman006

      Then you could flush out his kidneys since he is on dialysis.

      May 5, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. nur amabo nur

    Your right, I'm wrong main site has the story & pics. Mobile version blog site doesn't on my device anyway.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    This Gary Faulkner's quite a jerk indeed. Trying to collect on a reward for a man who in all probability has been dead for the last 8 or 9 years from nephritis. This guy deserves no respect!!!

    May 4, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    In a word, no.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy

    I'll bet he's a right-wing thug from Washing too, right Cesar? How revolting!

    Lol.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ivan romero

    yeah right...and I want a trillion dollars in bills of 1 and is not going to happen.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jay

    I find this quite hilarious. No he does not deserve a portion.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. johnny

    When was this guy released from the nut house.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      I was wondering the same thing.

      May 4, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big D

      Not sure when he was released, but he definitely needs to go back.

      May 5, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. ivan romero

    yeah right...and I want a trillion dollars in bills of 1 but is not going to happen.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JoAnnE

    LOL LOL LOL LOL, yea.....so NOT happening!

    May 4, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. The Dude

    Give the dude his $25m

    May 4, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      The Dude abides...but no...

      May 5, 2011 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
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