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. Lorin

    Riza Atta- You and your family are idiots. Innocent people were killed on 9/11 Osama had what was coming for him. And, I do hope he rots in hell! And, if you people believe in him than I hope the same for your family. It disgusts me!

    May 4, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pablo

      Not a chance.....Split the $25MM between the brave people in SEAL Team 6!! Those guys deserve the spoils of their battle. Whatever happened to the spoils of war??????

      May 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |

      i agree Pablo...

      June 2, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. capt

    NUT JOB!!!!!!!!

    May 4, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    Riza, you're a troll. Canada must have many nice caves...stay in one of them.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • gggg

      your kidding me.


      you must be a pro-lifer.

      May 18, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jonathan

    This has to be one of the worst topics for an article.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • tendertype

      then why are you reading and commenting on it, goofball?

      May 4, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • hnnnnng

      tendertype, why are you reading it, and then commenting about people commenting?

      sooooo meta bro

      June 1, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dhulfiqar

    Sure give him some. It will pay for his treatment.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bryan

    This fool should not get part of the reward. Was he apart of the SEAL team that stormed in...No. Did he pull the trigger.....No. Did he personally deliver him to Obama....No. Sounds like he hasn't taken his medication. To even humor this guy and give him a platform to speak on is an insult. Shame on you CNN, isn't their enough news going on where this doesn't need to be reported.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    @The Dude: LMAO!!! Best joke yet!

    May 4, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Smiling_Clam

    simple.. YES!!!

    May 4, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John

    Talk about someone who has lost their marbles. This guy is missing quite a few cards out of the deck.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rob Hannigan

    I think that 25 million dollars should go back to the government. We need all we can get right now. An also a bounty hunter gets the award when he finds the man who is wanted. That isn't so in this case sorry move a long sir.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Josh

    Is that Chong?

    May 4, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Icthruyou


      May 4, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey I.

      Hahaha! The way he's acting, it could certainly be Chong - after having toked up a few too many 😀

      May 14, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. Derek

    what a boss

    May 4, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |

    How can you argue with cold hard logic like this. Check your mail-box for the shiny new quarter I'll be sending you. You deserve it.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bryan

    I live about 200 miles from San Francisco, does that mean I discovered GOLD? Maybe.
    I looked on Google Maps for bin Laden last year and narrowed it down to Pakistan...should I get part of the reward also? Maybe.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Madtown

    Give him an award for being a big num-nuts.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
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