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. RSH

    He is sitting in some airlines First Class seat in the pic. Look at the head rest and the walls near him and behind him.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • retard

      or a dialysis chair u tard

      May 4, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles Le Fornier

      that's coach on a Eurpean airline, sorry

      May 4, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrBo

      That looks like a Delta coach seat to me...

      May 4, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • FesterNscab

      Yep, he sure is.

      May 4, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bush Laden

    I told everyone no way that millionaire bin Laden was in a cave. Look in the rich neighborhoods in Pakiland.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. James, AL

    I saw bin Laden from house! I deserve $1 million of the reward. (Sarah Palin)

    May 4, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Adrianscho

    Why is this Faulkner rubbish even a story? RIP, American journalism.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. The Sniper from Saving Private Ryan

    I hunted for Bin Laden while drinking beer and playing Call of Duty. Where's my money at?!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bgrngod

    The government is keeping his portion to cover the costs of getting his rear-end out of Pakistan.


    May 4, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RZ

    He's a *%@$ing nut job!!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. martin

    Where can I send this guy some money as a reward for just showing the locals that Americans will go wherever they want?

    May 4, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dr Deth

    I once "thought" he would die within 50 years,so I should get some of that reward money

    May 4, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Craig Tommola

    Give the money to the folks in Alabama. We have work to do at home.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hoot

    long live /b/

    May 4, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JP

    Crazy if he thinks he scared him out. He aint geting none of that reward

    May 4, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brad

    I cannot believe any story told by someone who incorporates long nosehairs into their mustache.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mark Twain

    Dude must be out of his mind. He wants the reward money for what?

    May 4, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Martin Delgado

    Yeah, i think TOMMY CHONG deserves the money!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
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