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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soundoff (1,046 Responses)
  1. fuyuko

    You only get the reward if you bring him to justice or have info about where he is. 'close but no cigar' only works if you are monica Lewinski.

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

    Don't give this moron a single penny of my tax dollars.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. pablo

    Gary Faulkner is a friken idiot you get squat

    May 4, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Matt

    I say hive him 25c. and a bus ticket to Toon Town. What a crock.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. nur amabo nur

    Yup, covered that @ 5:12 thanks, skip reading no good.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Haliwood1

    Using Faulkner's logic, my friends and I were talking about where Osama might be hiding, and I said it was more plausable that he was hiding in a well-populated city in Pakistan than it was in the mountainous regions because it would be safer, and less open to scrutiny. Obviously, we were overheard by an al-Queda splinter cell, because his videos stopped showing him in a mountain region. I flushed him out. I want my cut! ::rolls eyes:: And I did it without spending money to go over there and acting like a jerk.

    May 4, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. d3javu

    he should get a "double tap"

    May 4, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. pablo

    300 plus miles away and you flushed him out blah blah blah what a moron get a life

    May 4, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. wow

    I was here at google and blogging abt his specific location, i want my 25million share!!!!


    May 4, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dave

    Give this guy $100K for his expenses and trouble, THEN split the remaining $24.9 million between every soldier that step foot on the ground during the raid!! That would be fair!!

    May 4, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jlsppw

    You ain't getting S***!

    May 4, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. The Sonman

    The special force opts (the fab 6) Should get the $25 million reward. And rumor has it they in turn will distripute out to the families of 9/11

    May 4, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. pablo

    go get Moammar Gadhafi and i will personaaly send you a check for 50 cents you moron

    May 4, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bob

    Another idiot looking for his 15 minutes of fame. where's palin? i'm sure she thinks she did something to help find him to.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. norevenge

    what about me? I would also like part of the $25 million..

    May 4, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
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