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. NYCMovieFan

    If this guy was on the Navy Seal team that went in and he can prove it beyond a reasonable doubt (that's reasonable, not Trump-able) – then give him... oh, none of it. Cause the Seals cannot share in the reward!!

    May 4, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Yeah? all you ignorant Americans think your gonna live forever. Money and Murder that's all you live for all you are a bunch of pukes celebrating an illegal murder of another human being. there's no tears shed for Osama. but there should be justice for every unjustified killing. Why don't you and your slob buddies go have some beers at a sleazy bar and dance to U.S. Navy Terrorist Seals senseless like yourself killings

      May 4, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. victor

    NO WAY he is a fluke

    May 4, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Immortalias

    It is simple: He did not kill Bin Laden, thus, he does not receive a reward. It doesn't matter how "involved" he was. Like opposing wolves hunting the same rabbit, the meal goes to the wolf waiting on the other side of the log that catches the rabbit, not the one who flushed the rabbit out of the log. He can complain and gripe all he wants but in the end, it's just jealousy because he was so close to doing what he aimed for, and anger because he failed.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emmanuel Goldman

      Actually the reward was for "information leading to the capture or killing of OBL", so your analogy is totally off base. If he had given the information that lead to the mission he deserves the money. But he didn't. He did nothing but trek around Pakistan being laughed at, thus he deserves nothing. Your analogy is still stupid, but he doesn't deserve the money.

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


      May 4, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AD

    The Seals that actually did the job deserve that 25 million, but they will never get it. This self-serving clown deserves nothing and thank God that is what he will get.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Paul

    Give the money to all the families who lost loved ones in battle since this started and add a billion

    May 4, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Celestial1

    Keep on dreaming

    May 4, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Puffin O'Toodlekins

    OH MY GOD! I should get a part of the reward too because I saw him on the internet and and if I hadn't seen him well, then, um, yeah he woulda never gotten caught! BAER I'll give him 10 bucks... if he promises to use the money to get a hair cut!

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

    Give him $100, call it even

    May 4, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. David

    I guess the military should get some to seeing is how there are there for years on end

    May 4, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. threemoresevens

    I suppose if we can prove it was bin laden....then sure....but shouldn't we prove that bin laden was responsible for 911 first?

    May 4, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bman

    Give him the money. He at least went looking for him.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sam

    Well I would give him like 100 grand as a token for appreciation. Dosent hurt.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rkt210

    This whack job comes closer to looking like Bin Laden than he did to killing him.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Muzixndmd

    Give him$100, call it even

    May 4, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Otis

    In yet another show of terrible journalism, CNN has chosen to give this idiot publicity. Concentrate of what is important to the American people... the crooks in Congress; what the bums in Washington are doing to create and bring back jobs to the USA; unnecessary overseas bases that cost taxpayers $100's of miliilons; the cost and effectiveness of contniuing a fight in Iraq and Afghanistan; the cost and effectiveness of foreign aid; etc. In other words...MY WALLET!!

    May 4, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
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