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. Reward

    I saw a TV show on this man. After watching the show I was not sure if he was some delusional crackpot of just a very patriotic American who made it his mission to find Bin Laden. Regardless, did he find Bin Laden? I have not seen any mention in the news about him being linked to Bin Laden's demise.

    If this guy who looks like Cheech from Cheech and Chong did flush out Bin Laden like he said it would be an embarrassment to our secret intelligence agencies.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • gene

      He looks like Chong

      May 4, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Bill

      Yeah, he tried more than 99.9999999% of us blowhards. Give him expenses and get him on some anti-psychotics.

      May 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terre

      He is clearly an idiot and so are you.

      May 4, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. norevenge

    oh and what the soldiers fought the war? based on this guys claims, all the soldiers will be eligible for reward.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • gene

      US Government personnel are not eligible for the reward.

      May 4, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Harold Bawls

    Special prayers for osama? Are you saying that if someone isn't nice to you, then you have the right to bring jihad on them?
    Simply because someone dislikes you, thinks your ways are backwards and foolish, and doesn't agree with your religious beliefs? wonder the world has a problem with you and your kind.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. roland

    Wait a minute I wanted a share of reward too. I told CNN where he was!

    May 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dale

    dream on,pal.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rukiddin

    This Faulkner guy needs to step away from the crack pipe!

    May 4, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dave

    Give the looney $50K for his expenses, THEN, split the remaining $24.95 million between every soldier that stepped foot on the ground during the mission. That sounds fair to me!!

    May 4, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Why give the loony anything? The soldiers were just doing their job. Roll the money into another reward or build a school/highway/bridge/port

      May 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Light one

    Give that man some weed. Looks like he would fit right in with the hippies.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smuba

      He was probably really there to buy hash and figured that if he happened to bump into Bin Laden he could shoot him and collect the reward.

      May 4, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      His eyes are way too clear to be a stoner. He's a bible thumper with a rambo fantasy he actually tried to act on.

      May 4, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Eddie

    About the so called bount hunter, and question at the end of the story: "Should Faulkner get a portion of the reward?"
    Van Halen sang it first:
    "But everybody wants some!
    I want some too
    Everybody wants some!
    Baby, how 'bout you?" ; – )

    May 4, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Frank

    He deserves one million, only if I get the other 24.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. AK

    Big balls, little brain.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. DanteX

    What an IDIOT.

    I tell you what.

    Instead of giving this MORONIC LOSER ONE RED CENT – How about giving this typical piece of WHITE TRASH a one-way ticket to the Barber Shop and THEN to a first-rate Psychiatrist.

    Maybe then he can get a REAL JOB – INESTEAD of trying to get something for NOTHING.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. macjones

    Perhaps some fo the money could go to a psychiatric facility, and therefore, indirectly to him.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Shidley

    What we have here folks, is a grand-standing moron. He flushed the rabbit from his hole? Grief. That's really everything, isn't it?

    May 4, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. LIz

    Why is this news? This man is crazy. Stop giving crazies credibility! This is so ridiculous.

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