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
soundoff (1,046 Responses)
  1. MyOpinionMatters

    Give'm a couple dollars for his Ganja... he'll be happy

    May 5, 2011 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. MyOpinionMatters

    Give'm a couple dollars for his ganja.. he'll be happy

    May 5, 2011 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Liv54

    I think everyone needs to zip it! Obama did something that the previous 2 other presidents couldn't do. No picture needed. I think were screwed..

    May 5, 2011 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. trigin8

    Dude are you serious? You had nothing on Osama and his men? You did not flush a damn thing other than a toliet! Get over yourself!!

    May 5, 2011 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lisa

    Osama and Obama! I'm stating to think about AntiChrist. The world is not going the right way and that's for sure. Two muslim brothers and one just happens to have the other killed.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. Stupid American

    haha another stupid american, how many have you seen or heard americans act like this?

    May 5, 2011 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. Frank

    lol,,,,,,,,,,what a knuckle head

    May 5, 2011 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. angryredneck

    dey took arr jobss!!!!!!!!!!

    May 5, 2011 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
    • kyle

      dey tirkk arrrr jerrrbss

      May 5, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
    • SPCmeg

      theeeey terrrrkkk uuuurrrr jjjeeeerrrrrbbbsssss

      May 5, 2011 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Chizzle

      ddeerrkk uurr jjeerrbbss

      May 5, 2011 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Ned

      Derkkk a Derrrrr

      May 5, 2011 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Zach Lawson

      dey took his dawg!!

      May 5, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
    • angryrednecks friend

      durka duuuuuuuuur!

      May 5, 2011 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      dey turk er jurbs!

      May 5, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. kyle

    Tommy Chong hit "the stuff" just a little bit too much....its the only explanation for the sword...

    May 5, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. SPCmeg

    He's the West Virginia Ninja

    May 5, 2011 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. Keep walking

    Well, can he try that one more time with #2 of Al Quaida? It may convince me then.

    May 5, 2011 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. Reader

    Nope...he deserves nothing....another freak attempting to make money for doing nothing

    May 5, 2011 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
    • John in NY

      While this nutbar thinking he actually played a part in all this is laughable, but the sadest part is that CNN felt that this deserved coverage.

      Shows you how low their standards have sunk.

      May 5, 2011 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. Tim

    laughably delusional, yet somewhat entertaining......................

    May 5, 2011 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  14. Starman

    I want some reward money too. I have a gun and a knife and a shovel. Are there any other qualifications?

    May 5, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. James

    Uh huh, where's the proof buddy?

    May 5, 2011 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
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