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. Sean

    Someone should tell this "bounty hunter", that bounty hunting is one of those "all or nothing jobs". Big rewards if you succeed, but empty pockets if you fail... what part of this is hard to understand?

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

    What a nut job. Yeah you flushed something out, but it wasn't Bin Laden.

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

    Give him the benefit of a mental disease.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Terry - Indiana

    Give this clown a photo of OBL with a bullet hole in his head and let him sell it on EBay. NOT!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Name

    They should give it to all those who have fought and died in the war on terror.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ross

    He even LOOKS high !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Richard-Missouri

    Not just 'no', but 'HELL NO'!. Tell this crazy nut-job to go jump.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. msmith

    This is hilarious.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SML

    I was fully expecting The Donald to make claims like this.....

    May 4, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chgn66

    If this is the same guy they profiled a year or 2 ago, he's nuts. You could easily tell from the piece they did on him.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Blessed Geek

    Rename Chitral to GaryFaulknerabad. Reward.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Anna

    I'd give him a dollar to sew his lips shut.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nina V.

    So this guy goes through some dangerous and treacherous foothills in Pakistan to get Bin Laden, after having DIALYSIS, as a lone American..So what has he to lose if he asks for the money? Most of us won't believe him but at least he may get some paid interviews with Fox!! Hey, I think *I* should have the money because-hm..Ok, ok..Because I was in my backyard meditating, then I has an astral voyage where I telepathically led the Navy Seals to the compound!! Yes? I am STICKING to that story!!! CNN, have I got a story for you !!!!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sam99999

    I think we ought to give him a few bucks just for the sheer balls, and gall.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ciero01

    I think Chong should spend his time finding Cheech.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Thanks! Made me laugh out loud!

      May 4, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
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