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. Ian


    May 5, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. MIKE

    This guy is a fake and doesn't deserve a dime.

    May 5, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. Acer

    this guy needs to go back to the hills...

    May 5, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. JimJones

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    May 5, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. PJ

    The only people dumber than this guys are the ones who call Pakistan an "ally". Another $18Bn to "stop terrorism", please!

    May 5, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. JimJones

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    May 5, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. Diffusser

    Well he did take the trip to pak...i vote to give him some type of reward... free admission to mental health treatment or sm monetary reward?

    May 5, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. sunny

    almost........................................... is only good in horseshoes, hangernades and atom bombs

    May 5, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • ellaQ


      May 5, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Almost?

      Atom bombs do not require almost. Atom bombs require "somewhere in the same continent."

      May 5, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • balto paul

      adn speling,

      May 5, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jennifer

    Don't listen to this guy! I am the one who smoked bin Laden out!!

    May 5, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • lumps

      No! It was me! Now gimme my dam money!!!

      May 5, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      no! I chased him personally! He's very ticklish! I tickled him! now gimme!

      May 5, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • j589

      really??? what was he smokin ;P lol

      May 5, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hazmatsuits

    CNN should feel bad putting this story up, pretty much making fun of a dude who's obviously not "all there" mentally. C'mon, he went after Bin Laden with a dagger, pistol and a sword? He's lucky as hell he didn't actually find them!!

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

    Nope. Next!

    May 5, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. Trumps Newly Minted VP

    He's got the hair.

    He's got the confidence.

    May 5, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. leedogg

    "much of the details about his trip remain secret" rofl is that Top Secret? Compartmentalized? Was the plan to behead Osama with that sword?

    May 5, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  14. Really?

    What a way he flushed out Bin if he would have been armed with a slingshot, then maybe ...just maybe.

    May 5, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. Andreas Moser

    And you guys at CNN give him a platform.

    May 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
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