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. jkmacc

    Is this news? This isn't even blog-worthy. CNN, you're embarrassing yourself.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. allikten

    R-life rambo!! omg.. he flushed al qaeda out of hiding, we need to pick his brain apart to find out how one man did that lol

    May 5, 2011 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. Billy Bob

    Give the guy some credit. I mean, come on, he had a bloody sword.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. Nirvana

    THIS GUY DID NOT MAKE IT VERY FAR!!! THE LAST TIME THEY CHECKED ON HIM, HE WAS STILL IN HIS MOM'S BASEMENT SMOKING WEED WHILE PLAYING WOW!!! LOL

    May 5, 2011 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. RedwithRage

    Pay the man 10% for his efforts, he's been to Pakistan multiple times. With more time, and some more intel, I think he might have gotten the job done himself.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. idjit2442

    The SEALS come WAY closer to deserving that reward. Law prohibits them from getting it, & they'd NEVER think to ask for it. Nice try dude, but this is a losing proposition. A knife & a Bible don't make you special. Your lack of sanity does.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. Another random commenter

    Hey this guy plays Call of Duty too much! He is complaining about kill stealing in the real world now!

    May 5, 2011 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. Isis

    I thought Jerry Garcia was dead.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Sarah Who?

      Wow... Bin Laden wears wire rim glasses

      May 5, 2011 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Benny

      I think the guy should at least get $1,000,000 just for having the bal ls to try for bin laden with a sword! Who is with me!?!

      May 5, 2011 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Jamie

      this guy thinks he flushed out Bin Laden? The united states as a country could not "Flush" him out. Some shmuck thins he deserves that money, I think we should dissperse that money to all of the families that have lost a loved one or to the familiies that have lost a soldier. this guy needs his meds

      May 5, 2011 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Anne.

      ST6 training video.

      youtube. com/watch?v=bRv4hkwHqaQ

      May 5, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rob

    This dude is completely retarded. There is no way he will see even a cent of that 25 million.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. mark

    give the guy a check and contact seal team 3

    May 5, 2011 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Jamie

      ha or special seals team 6 in this case

      May 5, 2011 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. The real deal

    I think he deserves
    a) some money for allowing Bin Laden's crew to drop their guard when they thought the he was the best that the US could muster
    b) he should given a full cavity search as he seems to know way too much (have u noticed how much he resembles Bin Laden?)
    c) DNA test him in case they got the wrong man
    d) charge him for the full cavity search

    May 5, 2011 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
    • nivlac

      The guy looks more like Tommy Chong than Bin Laden.

      May 5, 2011 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. Your Panties Inna Wad

    Most of you Basturds are retarded.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
    • jscm

      Like you maybe?

      May 5, 2011 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike Port

      You capitalized and miss-spelled "Bas-t-ards."

      May 5, 2011 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Duffman

      And you miss-spelled misspell.

      May 5, 2011 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mike Port

    Once I saw that he was "armed" with biblical literature he lost my sympathy; not that I had that much to begin with.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. jscm

    They got so close osama, gave him a kidney?

    May 5, 2011 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joe

    no. just..........no

    May 5, 2011 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
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