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. Frank

    I should get part of the money too. I kept OBL out of Ontario California. Well he wasn't here was he?

    May 4, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jo

    They should split the money between the members of Seal Team Six...

    May 4, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Did you see the video OBL's neighbor put up?

      youtube. com/watch?v=pn-EA5wNvis

      I bet Boss Hog & Rosco could have taken him alive.

      May 4, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Members of Armed Forces and Police do not receive rewards. They are bound by the job to do what is asked, and would not receive a reward if it was offered.

      May 4, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry - Indiana

      Brings a whole different slant to "bounty hunter". I agree, give it to the Seals and the families of those killed in battle.

      May 4, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • carlos

      give the money to navy seal team 6 they deserve

      May 4, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bubblehead

    he should get some therapy.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry - Indiana

      He already has therapy, it is growing in his garage.

      May 4, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Anton

    I want my reward as well. I prayed to G-d every day that this evil man would be captured or killed. My prayers were answered on Sunday. It was due to my prayer and that directly led to his death.

    I want all of the 25 mllion!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. demogal

    We love our nut cases her in Colorado.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BD70

    Absolutely not! If he had actually pointed the way or taken him out himself maybe. But being within 300 miles does not qualify.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Larry


    May 4, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Terry - Indiana

    I told the White House that OBL was either in Pakistan or a GOP safe house, so I too want my share of the reward. I guess we are both out of luck. Maybe we can borrow from the Slum Dog Millionaire across the border in India.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ross

    Like the American "gold rush" of the 20th century, probably trying a different angle..... and gonna get the last laugh too!!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chuk

    Opportunists. You watch, they will come in all shapes and sizes saying, "I did it".

    May 4, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry - Indiana

      This clown also applied for TARP Funds, claiming that he started a bank as a front when dealing with the Pakistani Intelligence Agency.

      May 4, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Steve D

    Ok OK Faulkner i see..... you shared your Dialysis Machine with OBL and flushed him out, i get it now... ok i'll get the
    Check Book out, i also cash 25 mil checks at my booth in downtown L.A. I'm open until 2:00 a.m. as always we
    charge a 10% broker fee for our services. Dog the Bounty Hunter was just here... with his spray cans, he cashes his
    checks here all the time, one of them was for OBL'S partner "Ayman Allah Ali Towel Head Zarahari"...i love Towel Heads, they wear two model's, Rotary Lawnmower type I and Front Throw Mower type II..

    May 4, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dan Welks

    hahahah what a TOOL

    May 4, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JDavid

    Something like this brings out all the idiots.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • ross


      May 4, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ross

    19th..o0ps...cooze me~!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sbp


    May 4, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
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