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. Cermanic

    Seeing as he did NOT pass Go, he should not collect 25 millions dollars. Monopoly of life: no reward for crazy.

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

      Yet again a cnn comments board gets as off topic as it possibly can. Give Gary a haircut and shave, then I'll validate him as a role model. Still, he's pretty BA.

      May 4, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jack Taraz

    Give this guy the reward money. He has more guts than Obama EVER had. He went into Taliban country ALONE to get UBL. The U.S. government gives AID to crooked countries and crooked leaders and all sorts of wasted money. Compared to that, this guy should get $100 million, a new car, lifetime everything. He is the type of American that represents what America USED to be, before Political Correctness, Socialism and all the other bad ways that the U.S. has lowered down to. This guy is Davey Crocket, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, etc. all rolled into one. We need to show him as a shining example to our young people of what Patriotism is all about. He didn't go after UBL for money, he did it for love of country! Now, give him the cash!

    May 4, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • josh

      Simply put...You are an idiot.

      May 4, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hwy91

      You pos. The guy's lucky he didn't get his throat cut. You sit in parents' basement and tap out moronic rants. Get a life.

      May 4, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pondy

      You're as crazy as he is.

      May 4, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • darin

      What a retarded comment. I have more guts than Obama, I was in Iraq. Does that mean I deserve the money. Comparing someone to Obama is not much of bar to go off of for a quality of person. I think you are duranged like this guy is.

      May 4, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • CT

      Did you go to Pakistan to go look for the most wanted man in the world? Guess that means you're on the same level as Obama. There's a difference between getting perhaps the US's most elite fighters and CIA operatives to conduct a secret mission and going into Pakistan alone with a knife and a pistol thinking you're going to be able to capture the most wanted man in the world. That isn't guts, it's stupidity.

      May 4, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      OK, Jack, I should never feed the trolls, but during exactly what phase of American history did individuals regularly travel around the world with swords and biblical tracts to kill terrorists?
      I suspect it would be futile to point out to you that John Wayne and Clint Eastwood are actors, and didn't really do the things in the movies? And John Wayne did his best to stay out of WWII. Perhaps you can clarify your position to be based on facts as opposed to wishful thinking? (If you were going to cite a real Hollywood hero, start with Jimmy Stewart)

      May 4, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrEee

      This guy is a joker or delusional. Seriously... though, I'll consider splitting the reward with this dude since I wished bin Laden would get caught, and BAM!, he gets caught. That's way more than a coincidence.

      May 4, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nina V.


      May 4, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. darin

    A terrorist who is responsible for thousands of innocent lives is finally killed and here is this guy trying to capitalize on it.
    This guy is duranged or must think we are stupid. All he is doing is looking for a free buck. He should live off the streets and be a bum so he can ask for free hand outs there. What a looser.

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


      May 4, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • buddy93

      Shame, shame we will have to tell your girl Sarah that you used the "R" word and then follow that with an attempt to judge the President's character and guts? Wow you guys will pull out all the stops, with your snarky remarks they do get old.

      May 4, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. NVBrat

    Who's crazier – this nutjob or the author of the piece who has put him in the "headlines"?

    May 4, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brian

    he damn right deserves it, anyone who had anything to do with his death shu get some cash

    May 4, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Walter rolling in his grave

    This story qualifies as journalism??

    May 4, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sanjosemike

    Some people have an elevator or ladder that goes all the way to the top floor. Gary Faulkner's is stuck on a lower level.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. You've got to be kidding

    You've got to be kidding. I once saw Bin Landen on TV so I think I should get the reward. Seriously I think they should take the money and use it to aide injured Navy Seals or help the families of Navy Seals that have died.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michael


    May 4, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike Leal

    yeah, cuz the most wanted terrorist would run from another guy on dialysis with a pistol, dagger, and sword.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. anthony

    The end is near,Gods Wrath will continue to hit this nation.for letting false gods take over this land,nobody want to hurt anyone but i guess the truth hurts,sodom and gommorah is new york and cali.G is coming for YOU,He already Started.fear God and live.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Dude, you're ate up.

      May 4, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Who are these GODS I should be fearing to be saved?

      May 4, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |

    I got four numbers in the lotto this week. I want all of the jackpot.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joe

    Split the reward between the fund for fallen intelligence community and S.E.A.L.s. They found the guy!!

    May 4, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tom

    This guy is just a poor, demented, misguided can only feel sorry for him. Mental illness is not funny.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lon King him a cup of coffee and sober him up!

    May 4, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
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