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
soundoff (1,046 Responses)
  1. norm

    NO GIVE THE 25MILLION TO 9/11 FAMILIES OF LOST ONES!!!

    May 4, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jason

    Simply put. No

    May 4, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Areyoufingkiddingme

    Mods anywhere? I don't know who's more ignorant, the delusional story subject or the snarky armchair news commentators who think their closed-minded opinions will change anyone else's closed-minded opinions.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sorry

    There is no reward for second place.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • HereThey Come

      ..and for not trying!

      May 4, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Reason

    @Areyoufingkiddingme – Do you have anything to add to this conversation or are you just flaming to satiate your superiority complex? Say somethign useful or GTFO.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. HereThey Come

    What a "GREAT" AMERICAN!!!!! COUNTRY BOY CAN SURVIVE!!!!

    May 4, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Brian

    Well he was carrying biblical literature so we know he likes fiction. Can't we just give him a $50.00 gift card to Borders?

    May 4, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Reason

    Dear Areyoufingkiddingme,

    Do you have anything useful to say or are you just flaming everyone to hear your own tinny voice and satiate your superiority complex? Either contribute to the discussion or get out.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anne.

      SEAL TEAM 6 – Helmet Cam. Training for the mission. 2 of 3

      youtube. com/watch?v=XOEC2rLuZk0

      May 5, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. slobo

    HELL NO, that samari toting moron should not get a cent! SEAL TEAM SIX should get every penny!

    May 4, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • C Shepard

      Faulkner should be notified that his case is under review but a reward will be forthcoming. Drag it out for a while then mail him a check for $1.

      May 5, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jessy

    No. As far as I am concerned, he wasn't even close to Bin Laden's real hideout. And guess who found him first (and killed him first)... a US Navy SEAL. As far as the government is concerned, they don't owe anyone any money. Especially not some half-witted bounty hunter who thinks he was responsible for making Bin Laden move from point A to point B. So, unless the computers and flash drives recovered from Bin Laden's hideout prove he was the one who forced Bin Laden to move there, he should shut up and forget about the $25 Million dollar reward.

    May 5, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. Areyoufingkiddingme

    No, you see, Reason, that's the beauty of the internet. I can say whatever I want with complete anonymity and you can't do anything to me or force me to do anything. You can just put temporary pixels on the screen. I will comment on whatever I wish, including the overwhelming general absurdness of the comments and the story subject. I suggest you leave if your fragile feelings can be damaged by a stranger's words.

    May 5, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. Clint

    If you ask him about it. He will probably tell you he was the third man on the grassy knoll. A stage hand when they faked the moon landing. Cleaned the knife OJ used on Ron and Nichole. Was the person who put C4 at the base of the twin towers to blow them up, and blame Osama. Also, he was the person who told Jackson to stop the drugs and the reason Simon left American idol. Basically, insanity love fantasy.

    May 5, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. Timetraveler

    Somebody tell this buffoon that squirrels don't dig holes. Gophers and moles do. If you're going to use an animal metaphor make sure you know what F@#% you're talking about. Same goes for when you on a wild chase without a clue.

    May 5, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. fRED

    Flushed him out??? give me a break.

    May 5, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  15. f

    Wow, I used to like this guy, before I knew he was in it for the money.

    May 5, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
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