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. typeav

    this guy is Bin Laden, look at him.............look closer (*_*)

    May 4, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jeff

    lmfaoooooooooooo dis guy is the man

    May 4, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JR

    Is this the type of crappy news that gets on Cnn.com??

    May 4, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • CV

      I agree – like really? this guy gets a headline and a picture? No way did he have anything to do with it. Just another one of the millions of dillusional people on this planet.

      May 4, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • yann

      sadly...

      May 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. FM

    You gotta love crazy people.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jimi

    Please give the Navy SEALS a big bonus instead.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. frankie

    I despise delusional people.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TJ

    Truth be told he's also a memeber of the Seal Team 6 and the one who shot OBL 🙂

    May 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DEADINSIDE

    He flushed him out? Really? I'm fairly certain that if he had "flushed' him out OBL would have more than enough clout to have his head lopped off, probably with his own sword.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TheJanitor

    I told JD that he was in Pakistan years ago. The footage from my episode of Scrubs is famous on YouTube now, so I want the darn reward money, dude. Back Off!

    May 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dike

    Everyone at the ISI and Paki Gov knew it, so they all should get a share... Wait US is already paying the Pakis for this...

    May 4, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tony

    Close only counts in horse shoes. This dip wad is a crack pot.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dike

    Flushed hahahahah there are no potties there

    May 4, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. stevenabb

    Give him a couple of million dollars worth of psychotic medication and mental health treatments and Let's all call it even!

    May 4, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Corbijn

    If anyone should get the $25 million reward is should be split up between the Navy Seals and the Army Pilots who went into the compound and took out Bin Laden. It should go to those who physically went in and pulled off the job.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Randy

    Give the money to the seal that shot him

    May 4, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
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