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
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  1. jersey355

    Hey this guy deserves at least a few thousand $ for being crazy enough to go out there with only a knife and a pistol.

    May 5, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. Al

    Why would you even put out a story like this? you ought to be ashamed of yourselves!!!

    May 5, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. Lee

    25 million dollars after taxes?

    May 5, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. john

    we need to give the money to Donald Trump... he made it happen and he is very proud of himself :-)!

    May 5, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. JimJones

    Wheres Osama's Death certificate.

    May 5, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. cm

    shame on you for actually writing this

    May 5, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. Nick Bee

    Another true American who's gonna have to fight for what he's worth. Way to go my man!
    (PS: I have a squirrel problem- anyone know anybody)?

    May 5, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. Shelly

    Two words: ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!

    May 5, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. James

    I am a bounty hunter too and I should get the 25 million for finding Bin Laden...I looked for him everytime I went into a convenience store so I flushed him out of pay me!!!

    May 5, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. cm


    May 5, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. Cornerman


    May 5, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  12. JimJones

    We're no strangers to love
    you know the rules and so do I
    A full commitment's what I'm thinking of
    You wouldn't get this from anyother guy
    I just wanna tell you how im feeling
    Gotta make you understand

    May 5, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Jenn

      Never gonna give, never gonna give (give you up)
      Ha ha lmao!! Thanks Jim you deserve some of the reward as well!

      May 5, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. Thor

    "This drink.... I like it! ANOTHER!"

    May 5, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. @CarlTres

    Biblical literature? Maybe God should have just told him where bin Laden was. Would have wrapped this ordeal up along time ago. But then again, maybe God should have told that to Bush too, right after he told him to invade Iraq.

    May 5, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. Scott

    Yeah, I'm sure bin Laden was scared and packed up when he heard Chong was out to get him. This guy will make more money than he should just telling his delusional story.

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