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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  1. BiAtCCH

    Hooligans, you'll see how abstract it is once you get there, sooooo artsy. The devil's a great artist, he'll make you feel at home. Moron. to the heavens We GO!!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • iamink

      Its the 21st century... you still think that crap is real? lol

      May 4, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonas

      Haha. You're so amusing with your talk of hell as if it exists, or any of us should care if it did. This man was an ass; He didn't flush Bin Laden out, he merely wants credit and a reward for other people's hard, and dangerous, work. It's unfortunate that our Seals must be recognized in secret, but were I in their line of work, I would want anonymity as well.

      May 4, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DoneDeal

    Because the Seals are military, they are not allowed to collect the $25 million, that's a damn shame. They sure deserve it.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kana

      The SEALteam may have taken OBL out but it was the US intelligence community that provided the information that lead to his capture\death. The reward would have to be distributed to many. I say give it to the American people.

      May 4, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spendlove

      lol at the people who keep talking about the "Seals" as if they were solely responsible for taking out Bin Laden... LOL

      May 4, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duh

      No pics, no body, no evidence, no kill. Obama just wanted some brownie points to take attention off his fake birth certificate.

      May 4, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ohhiya

    Give him $50k just cause the guy is Teddy Roosevelt enough to do it in the first place, now there was a progressive, gathering around a bunch of college drinking buddies and invading a country just cause he could.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. NorCalBlue

    Someone has too much anime in his library.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mana

    delusional moron

    May 4, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Reason

    To all you Brits commenting on fluff news, if you think American news is sensationalist and dramatic, I have two words for you: Daily Mail. That and the Sun make the National Enquirer look boring and factual.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ManiFresh

    If this guy gets some of the booty, so should I!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Crowe

      I want your booty too!

      May 4, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. OneFlewOverTheCuckoo'sNest

    Give him some money! ....he will need it for the psychiatrist's bill.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Karl

    Money should go to charities that support the families of fallen soldiers, especially Navy Seals.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Frank

    lol, what a knuckle head

    May 4, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Andreu Pinter

    YES. OMG YES. HE IS THE HERO. NOT THOSE NAVY SEALS WHO RISKED THEIR LIFE IN THE RAID. haha no. this guy is attention seeker.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dude

    Lol... Am I the only one that laughed at this story?? This fellow is pretty convinced that if OBL had seen him, OBL would have ran & not killed/decapitated him where he stood... Sorry. Just too funny! "He hadn't been living there for no damn six years," he told ABC. "I absolutely flushed him out." - Regardless of what was found at the compound!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. zoundsman

    Osama is alive and will appear on Conan O'Brian on Friday. He will show he's clean shaven.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kim

    The man is 2 bricks shy of a full load.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cthulhu

    Ignore this demented Faulkner clown and he'll go away. Give him a few bucks to get to Burning Man and work a glory hole.

    May 4, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
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