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. megagadha

    he is definitely on's called greed!

    May 4, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff


    May 4, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Picasso

    "Google Maps technology"

    Lemme guess. You think the blue "e" is the internet.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Natch

    Yeah, that's what we need to do.....hand some of the reward money to this LOON. Maybe then he'll go away!

    May 4, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. loudawg

    I think he has pretty hair.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. CW

    I say give a million to each of the 20 SEALs that carried out the mission. They've more than earned it.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • SBBlair

      At least your idea makes sense. Doubt it would ever happen though.

      May 4, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Here here! Give the reward to the seals! Absolutely... set those guys up for LIFE.

      May 4, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sanjosemike

      While it is true that the Navy Seals did a fabulous thing by killing UBN, it can be argued that our regular service people who face live fire daily are no less deserving. I could see that it might cause resentment among our military.

      We should treasure and love our military people and their families. They are protecting us from the advancing cancer of Islam. Nobody is more worthy than those fine people who represent us by their Uniform and actions.

      May 4, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Art of Lying about War

    "But his brother disputed that Gary Faulkner has mental problems. "My brother is not crazy. He is highly intelligent and loves his country, and he has not forgotten what Osama has done to this country," Scott Faulkner told CNN."

    Well, as it turns out, not only is your brother a mental case, he's also not just someone who loves his country and has not forgotten what Osama has done to this country. He's a greedy freaking liar, who isn't just happy to see Osama gone.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ciero01

    I thought I saw that guy out in Pakistan yelling.... MARCO... and I thought I heard Bin Laden say POLO....

    May 4, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nina V.

      love it!!

      May 4, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Andrew

    Dude ate a whole bag of kookburgers, apparently.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Wes

    The reward should be given... To the Navy SEALs who completed the mission... At which time they would gladly give it back, because that's the type of people they are. The credit goes to the ones who start and complete a mission, not some freak who thinks that he really did something outstanding.
    If this guy even got close to "risking it all" he would be dead and half-rotted in the grave.
    The credit goes to the SEALs and the intelligence team tasked to find Bin Laden... Period.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ferd

      They don't deserve a reward for doing their job.

      May 4, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • SBBlair

      Fine then Ferd. How about just calling it a bonus?

      May 4, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Ferd, I dare you to stop tipping. By your logic, no one should get a tip because they are just doing their job. Go a year and tip $0. Go on.

      May 4, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      I never tip.

      May 5, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ferd

    This guy deserves something alright. 90 days of intense psychiatric evaluation. What a maniac.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JThomas2121

    Osama was in this compound for five years. This guy was in Pakistan LAST year and says he scared him out of his hole? What a joke. No money ... so sorry. Let's see who you try to cheat out of money next ...

    May 4, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. boxerdad

    He needs dialysis for his brain not his kidneys

    May 4, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pierpont Windsor

    I found him first, yeah that's it, I found him 1st... Only understanding the hard economic times I donated the reward back the the people of the USA....which happens to be, in my humble opinion, the best place on Mars II. That's my version of the truth and I'm stickin' with it....

    May 4, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gat

    when did Chong become a bounty hunter

    May 4, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
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