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. Louie

    What a legend!! The man has earned the $25 Mil. Give to him! Now,I say!!

    May 5, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. G8torfan

    This is like getting "some" of the powerball numbers. Give the guy his $5.50 and lets move on!

    May 5, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jason

    If he uses some of the $ to get a haircut and a shave... it would be in everybody's interest to give him a little cash.

    May 5, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rita

    I think the brave men who went in there, did the job, risked their lives.. etc. should split the money. They have to change their lives AND the lives of their families & friends for safety reasons.. so they deserve the money TAX FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 5, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Rita, The people that ended Bin Laden's life were Navy seals and you will probably never know their name unless at some point later in life they make the choice to be known. They will not receive this money. And how can you say that what they did is more deserving of the bounty than say the infantry men that fight every day?

      May 5, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. Todd

    You forgot to mention along with this guys sword dagger and pistol he carried a large bag of marijuana!

    May 5, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • joe

      het todd that was funny

      May 5, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. SGT Patton

    I too was a soldier and I didn't kill anyone. They shouldn't give that money to anyone. The US Gov't intelligence analysts were the ones who gathered the information and the SEALs did the dirty work. End of Story. Everyone making anti-religious comments – remember – God is watching you too.

    May 5, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    LOL,they should make a comedy movie about this.

    May 5, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. G8torfan

    The Gov't should say OK, if you can pass a drug test this instant, you get the money.

    May 5, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. NY

    I think half the money should go to the Arm forces and the other half to the familes of 9/11 victims. They both deserve it.

    May 5, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. Manikkomio

    I think this guy has attended way to many GREATFUL DEAD concerts....

    May 5, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • D

      Yeah, b/c Deadheads are always known to carry around guns, swords, night vision goggles, and bible scripture

      May 5, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff

    When did Cheech and Chong go to Afghanistan?

    May 5, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • CygnusX1

      There you go, giving away the next Cheech & Chong movie. Cheech & Chong show up in Pakistan in stealth helicopter made of fibo-weed.

      May 5, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      I swear when I saw that picture I thought it was Tommy Chong–it does look like him, a little. And after reading the guy's line of reasoning on why he should get a reward, it seems to me they share some of the same habits, too...

      May 5, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. liz

    "Should Faulkner get a portion of the reward?" Maybe his ego should get something

    May 5, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. C-SAR

    tell you what i want science to tell me how the world came to be? Oh and David
    Thanks for your service man Roll On.

    May 5, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dennis

    Crazy or not you have to give the guy some credit.. He went to Pakistan and looked for the m effer and he's still alive to talk about it... Other than our service men and women the rest of us didn't do snit.. I for one have been killing terrorists on Call of Duty for a while now.

    May 5, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      @Dennis That's funny! Same here!

      May 5, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. John Schmuck

    Why was this stupid article even written?

    May 5, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
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