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. JD

    Is this a joke?

    May 5, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rick

    I read this story, so I should get some of that $25 M.

    May 5, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Albany Observer

    LOL. I'd like a cut too.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Canadian

    He could have easily taken him out if he found him, cowering unarmed behind his wife....

    May 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dave

    If you forward this email to ten friends it will eventually flush out Osama Bin Laden. Then we'll all share the reward. This is sponsored by Bill Gates and Oprah who are tracking this email. Please forward to everyone you know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 5, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Robert

    Here come the next big frivolous (and deceiptful) lawsuit... *sighs* Someone just wants lots of money and attention. Let's not give him either.

    May 6, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. paul

    you nut whack jobs are enjoying the freedom that our soldiers fought for many lost thier lives for, quit running our soldiers and military personel down , if you don't appreciate our military's sacrifice, go live with OBL, HITLER ,POL POT, SADDAM, MOAMAR, AND all thir company, terrorism does not come under civilian justice , it comes under military justice, terrorist's do not deserve any simpathy,

    May 6, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. joe

    like many people.. this guy is looking.. for 'free' money.. if there is any left.. in this broke country

    May 6, 2011 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
    • mike

      The country's richer than ever, the money is just in the hands of the top 1%.

      May 6, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      unfortuately all the wealth is held by people so rich they dont live nor eat anywhere near us were just their simple laborers that do all the work for scraps

      May 7, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. khadijah

    Yeah, sure, give him the money. He did more than any of the rest of us.

    May 6, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Amen to that. Give that man some money! Not all of it. A cool mill should do. I appreciate the hell out of what he did!

      May 6, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      it's like this ...."ask not what the country can do for you, ask what.... you can do for your country". I'd sy "No rewards"

      May 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JM/IA

    Looking over the strange comments on page 1, since the 4th, wondering- what on earth are these people talking about? Religion; soldiers killing innocents; every topic under the sun. This detour, completely away from the topic, made me forget what the article was even about!

    May 6, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. Osama Bin Hadit

    Tommy Chong should be admitted to the mental ward

    May 6, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. Kevin

    He-double hockey sticks no that clown shouldn't get any money.

    May 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Please wait while we add new art

    Kill them all – let God sort them out

    May 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. The1TheONLY

    Actually they need that money for the Pakistan Government. Helping us out and all. Kinda funny how the Americans promote stability in the Middle East. Here is an idea. Tell those countries we are done playing cash cow with them and withdraw our forces and that if we ever are forced to return to address even 1 situation similar to the events that drew us there to begin with. We will make short of the problem and set whatever govermental authority in place that will keep order. Our elected officials are fail either way, because they seem to think that allowing religious ideologies to have power in Governmental authority will somehow acheive stabilty. ( tO ) P.s. This t-bird is flying for your future. I know how all you people seem to think that the limited edition is so special. Well your about to find out just how unspecial you all really are.

    May 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Richard

    I say give him some dough. Most of us just sat here and paid lip service to the thought of killing Bin Laden. This guy got off his ass and actually gave it the ole' college try. He's a true American hero in my book, even if he is a couple cans short of a six-pack.

    May 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
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