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. N3WM4N

    this guy is really funny. joke of the week

    May 22, 2011 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. mike

    Hey Pablo, gotta share some of that w Delta Force. They were in there too. But i agee, give to our troops that handle the ugly business...

    May 23, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. jackstaff

    Bin Laden and most likely Zawhiri have been holed up in Pakistan for years.
    When Bin Laden gets to Hell as a martyr, I hope his 40 virgins are extremely old, ugly as sin and nag the hell out of him!

    May 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. anonymous coward

    If they are *not* going to split the money with the SEAL team, I recommend using it to fund replacing the rotor that got damaged during the operation. 🙂

    May 27, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. IHave10Fingers

    Is he Harold Camping'son ?

    May 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jack

    I should get a piece of that reward money because I wisht OBL was dead!

    May 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dude

    Give it to the SEALS – they did all the work. Lord knows the military gets paid peanuts to begin with. This guy is a gloryhound. Let him whine!

    May 31, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Liza

    please check out

    June 1, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MR Papi

    Yes of course he should get $250,000 for the effort. At least he had the balls to go to Pakistan. Which let Osama know how crazy some Americans can be. 🙂

    June 2, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. zib

    this idiot should be president. would only be fitting that a complete fool represent the dumbest country on the planet. i really feel sorry for americans and how stupid they are

    June 4, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
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