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. Sparky

    Drop dead you friggin buffoon

    May 4, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • bbare89

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

      that pretty much sums up why he shouldn't get the reward.

      May 4, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      And what have you done other than stuff fast food in your mouth? Exactly!

      May 4, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. AZLib

    Ok... I'll bite... tell us HOW you smoked him out? What information did you provide and whom did you provde it too. Why do you think you had a part in it... Give us something other then "surrounded in mystery". There must have been something else that is not being printed here... To get to where he went is near impossiable... What did he learn along the way, .... answers some of these questions and if it passes the test pay the man. Who konws ... if there was nothing there then why run the story....

    May 4, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cel

    Hey, I think I was there, too, I want my share of the $$$$$$$$$$$$$ LOL Good luck with that, pal.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuck

      yeah yeah i was there as well i want some mone

      May 4, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuck

      yeah yeah i was there as well i want some money

      May 4, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. morethanbikinis

    I hoped really, really hard for 9+ years that I would, some day, find Osama Bin Laden. I mean like, every day, while people didn't think of him at all and just went on with their lives so I deserve some money. For sure.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kevin

    Has anyone told this clown that Bin Laden was in this house for 6 years?

    May 4, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Heavyarms

    Legendary Status: GRANTED

    May 4, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. puck_the-hockey_cat

    What a hoot, give him a few bucks so he can sit in the bar/hotel all day and tell his story. He deserves at least that much for trying. The locals over there must have wondered aloud about this crazy yank. kudos crazy man!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Obama the dick sucker

    Why don't the troops get the money that killed him?

    May 4, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Captain Obvious

      the same reasons that storm troopers don't get jabba's bounty for han solo.

      May 4, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rags

      "Why don't the troops get the money that killed him?"

      What 'money that killed him' ??

      May 4, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chad

    He doesn't deserve crap! The brave men who went into the compound and put the bullet in his head deserves it!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobby

    every single one of your people who made a comment is an idiot!!!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobby

    i swear, you teabaggers will complain about anything.... a lil bit of racial prejudice? i think so..

    May 4, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Charles W. Skinner

    You have GOT to be kidding me. From the Intel, design and wear-and-tear on the compound, it's obvious that it had been lived in for a minimum of 3 to 4 years (once you get past that, it gets hard to tell until you get to about 12 to 15 years because the wear patterns change). This was compound designed SPECIFICALLY for a high-value Al Qaeda target, likely by bin Laden himself, due to his extensive experience in close-quarters fighting first the Soviets in Afganistan and later in the slums of Mogadishu, Somalia. Creating the kind of infrastructure present in the compound is time consuming and difficult.

    This so called "bounty hunter" is blowing smoke. He's a Moron, and should be happy that he lived long enough to get back to the US.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nathan Robinson

    What a clown! There's no way you "flushed" him out. I can understand your need to be greedy.

    I wonder how Obama's enjoying the virgins that he thinks he's promised?

    May 4, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rags

      "I wonder how Obama's enjoying the virgins that he thinks he's promised?"

      Obama?? Misspelling or intentional?

      May 4, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Amber

    Hell no he shouldn't get any of that money he was no where near him! Just another nut ball!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mike

    sounds like a
    vulcher, shows up after the kill to feast.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
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