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. iabingi

    What was the initial question???????

    May 5, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jonathan

    Where do we come up with idiots like this? If the guy had been within 50 miles of OBL, they would have known about it and he would be a rotting corpse somewhere in the foothills of Afghanistan. Food for the jackals. No, he needs to be sectioned for his own good. And others. I am afraid that other kooks like this are going to start coming out of the woodwork, looking for a quick buck. Or their 5 minutes of air time.

    May 5, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bryan

    How about CNN stop putting knuckle heads like this on their front page and giving them reason to do this. If I wanted to humor myself I would go to another website. How about the govt keep the money and pay down some debt.

    May 5, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tom

    cookoo, cookoo

    May 5, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. KT

    Isn't that the double rainbow guy?

    May 5, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ben

    May 5, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. Robert heess

    Personally, I like this guy's motivation and enthusiasm and think he should be rewarded. Heck, give him some new kidneys. If more Americans were about ACTION rather than what is reality, our problems today would be much less.

    May 5, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jon

    Naw, he might have done something to make him move, but the real people that should get it are the people that found him, or his victims. Also hell just give it to everyone in the US we can use 25 million.

    May 5, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • bah

      25 mil won't go far... 8 cents a person or so.

      May 5, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      Yea I think I should get some of that reward too. I made sure he wasn't in New Brunswick Canada, so what's that worth?

      May 5, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. J0nx

    What is this senile old fool talking about? Did he catch OBL? No, therefor he doesn't get $h1t. Move along old man.

    May 5, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. stinkysullivan

    He is a loser!!

    May 5, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. Doomguy

    This guy is a crazy longbeard. He should get nothing. They should give it to the men who put their lives at risk to go after him. They and their families will need it to buy security because you know Al Qaida will be looking for them.

    May 5, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. Rathjian Henn

    bin Laden's afterlife travel pack, courtesy of the U.S Navy:

    1) 1 pack of Oscar Mayer hotdogs
    2) 1 jar of Bacos
    3) 1 Sausage and Peppers from a Times Square street vendor
    4) 1 Authentic NFL football (we are gonna keep sending him more team members)


    May 5, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  13. Nobama

    Well, sure he should get some of the reward, if bin Laden was ACTUALLY dead. I don't believe a word that comes out of Obama's mouth. This is merely a ploy to garner approval ratings and aid in his 2012 election bid. Show me a video or photo then I'll believe it. OH wait, now even the supposed bin Laden "Death" photos are being ruled as fake. What does that tell you? Remove Obama in 2012.

    May 5, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • SamuraiCowboy

      "I don't believe a word that comes out of Obama's mouth." Yet you believed everything that came the mouth of the unelected Liar-in Chief George W. Bush.

      May 5, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • randy

      What a wacko and I mean the person that left this comment about not believing a word that Obama says. Wonder how much the anti Obama feelings are really just anti a black guy in the Presidency and are covered up by just" I hate Obama" verbage??

      May 5, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • dan

      Hey moron, you do know that if osama wasn't dead. HE WOULD HAVE RELEASED A VIDIO PROVING HE WAS ALIVE.

      There hasn't been a vidio released showing Osama alive now has there? No? Want to know why dum fk, HE'S DEAD.

      Shut up moron, go away.

      May 5, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Get real Nobama – Not everything in the world needs to be proven to you so you know it to be true. We don't need to see those terrible pictures. Would you want one of your family members pictures posted for the world to see? I would hope not. Lets move on and get the rest of the gang captured or dead.

      May 5, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Nomad

      Then I suppose you're lack of trust would carry through to the 25 members of the SEAL team who participated in this farce? In particular the one who reported that "Geronimo" was KIA? Hae you ever met a SEAL? Dude, I would not call 'em liars; ain't heathy.

      May 5, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. Timmy

    Why is this even a story? Mr. Faulkner has not presented one shred of evidence in support of his claims. Therefore, he is begging the question. For a consolation prize, however, perhaps we should pitch in and provide him a big bag of crack to help further fuel his illusions of grandeur.

    May 5, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sean

    OOOooOoooOOOooo...thats the face of a killer right there... I'm sure scare the worlds most prolific villian out of his "hole". What a schmuck!

    May 5, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
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