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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soundoff (1,046 Responses)
  1. Grumpster

    I'M BRIAN, and so is my wife!

    May 5, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. Chris

    He's given us as much proof as Obama. So why not?

    May 5, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • BPR

      why do you feel like you need proof???

      May 5, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. Paul

    I will buy this guy a chocolate chip cookie. Well done, sir!

    May 5, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. bbmcrae

    Can he get a reward for some kind of Creepiest Loon? I think he's really working it.

    May 5, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. TriXen

    The reward is for information leading to his capture or killing, not for "flushing him out." I'd say no reward.

    May 5, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. gboy

    His reward should be 2 guys in white escorting him to a nut house for the remainder of his delusional life.

    May 5, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. Kevin

    This guy is a whack job. I still gotta give it to him what he did took BALLS like you wouldn't believe. At least he tried.

    May 5, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. HuhWhatHuh?!?!?

    Morons!!!!! Gravity is a law of physics! Look it up!

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

    I think what they should do is reward all the SEAL team members of the raid. And the rest of the money should be evenly split to all deceased family members that served in the search of Osama.

    May 5, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  10. kingsking16

    Hey Look!!! It's the guy from That 70's Show!!

    May 5, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Moose

      Ummm, you mean Tommy Chong? Wow. I can't believe Tommy Chong has been reduced to "that guy on the 70's show". What a sad day this is.

      May 5, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • killadaguy

      No, I think Tommy Chong!

      May 5, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. Peter Barlue

    whats the problem with the west, nato and Gadhafi? is it because of Libya oil that the west and Nato want that Nato continue to carry out
    air rage killing dozen of people in Libya?or is it because Libyan them
    self are asking Gadhafi to step down from power? if yes or no, please
    stop killing Libyan cause thy have their right to Live.

    May 5, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      relevant comment fail

      May 5, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • TinKnight

      And Libya has do with a bounty hunter wanting Osama bin Laden's reward...how?

      May 5, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • spam@aol.com

      Libya has no oil ???

      May 5, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. peter

    I need some of the 25 million as well.

    May 5, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. jeff

    Send the seals in to take care of this nut.

    May 5, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. duh123

    Hello... is this the reward information center? Yes... I live in the US, but I was sending telepathic messages to Osama bin Laden, making him less cautious to capture. I believe I should get a good portion of the $25,000,000 reward. I don't see how anyone could deny it. W T F is this guy talking about? He's many miles away from where they find OBL... and he wants credit for his capture? "I flushed him out"... get the F outta here. OBL likely didn't even know this guy existed.

    May 5, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dave

    Hey CNN – This is what you call news? Your news organization is garbage.

    May 5, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave's not here man

      Yea CNN because there are mentally challenged people out there that are incapable of finding alternate news sources and are forced to click on stories they have not interest in !

      May 5, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      Dave has nothing to do but criticize CNN while his mommy cleans his room and his panties.

      May 5, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
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