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. Edward Keller

    I think the reward money should go to the families of 9/11 and to the families of the fallen. Not some crazy sword wielding guy.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Caleb

    Even if he found him would he be able to kill Bin Laden with a pistol,sword,dagger, and Bible.

    I'm not convinced. So no he deserves no money

    May 4, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Whitefeather

    what a waste of time reading this. and no he should not get a dime.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. wow

    maybe this guy is right. He was there. He tried. More than what anyone else reading this can say, (perhaps except for members of military intel, or cia). As crazy as it might sound, he took personal action; he got within 300 miles. but the reward was for 'dead or alive', and the "wild eyed boy from freecloud" didnt exactly do that though, did he?

    May 4, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. whereis decentjournalism

    Holy trash journalism.... seriously ?
    where is the editor on this one ? can someone really think that this is even necessary ?

    wow, embarrassing ... actually I'm embarrassed to even be reading such american trash news ... goodbye CNN

    May 4, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • twalk

      wow....don't go to fox news because they have alot of trash news. bye.

      May 4, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Welcome to Reality

      I thought the exact same thing. Even for the typical CNN low points (which are becoming much more frequent I'm sad to say), this is much lower than what they normally would publish. Goodbye CNN. Fox, WSJ, etc, are much better alternatives at this point. What a joke.

      May 4, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nikki

      what do you expect from the liberal media?

      May 4, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chuck

    There are only 2 people that get the reward....the 2 Navy seals that shot him. OR....by this wacko crazy guy's standard...me and every other service member that spent time in Afghanistan. We could also share it with anyone that went to Afghanistan and hates Bin Laden.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. KaptainAmerica

    TONY, This is directed at you! For you to generalize your comment that ALL Americans are jumping for joy over this supposed death of Usama Bin Laden, you are as ignorant as your comments. There is One Judge in this Life and it is not you, if you believe that the "Infidels" (USA) will be destroyed because of your beliefs; think again! There is one way that this world come to an end and it has nothing to do with your wild beliefs. May God Bless you and keep you safe!

    May 4, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RM

    If you are an adult and you live with OBL in a compound with 18foot walls topped with barb-wire, you cannot be an innocent bystander. I think they knew what neighborhood they were living in.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. norker

    battling it out with donald trump for kookiest kook in kookville?

    May 4, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. shankar

    Why don't you get a real job?

    May 4, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JD

    Hey Tony,
    Where do you live, my brothers a navy seal. If you don't like the US then just stay in your hole and dream of
    how good you have it. You can get a job, buy a house, a car, have kids, go on vacations, spend your money
    on what you want. Oh sorry thats what we do in the US, and without papers, What a country.....

    May 4, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. wow

    Actually, the news of OBL's death has been greatly exaggerated. He is very much alive and living in Las Vegas. Him and Elvis have a hit show.... seriously, the dudes as dead as Elvis, sorry.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hartselle94

    Sounds pretty credible to me.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. GaPeach

    Do you people have to bring religion into everything! Nothing to do with the article...did you even read the article or just start venting!! This guy is an idiot. How could he even think he should get part of the reward? The reward would only belong to the navy seals and they can't accept payment for a military action. Wish they could, they deserve it!!

    May 4, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jeff

    Jealous much?

    May 4, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
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