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. GP

    JOHN 3:16

    May 11, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Paininyourbut

    Jesus was a man who wanted us to live by his example. That is it. You care for your brother, neighbor, the sick and infirmed, the poor and those riduculed by society. You don't worship at the altar of money and material things. You certainly don't shove your faith down anyone's throat. They will choose to be like you if it is in their hearts to do so. You take the ridicule and the persecution and go on. Be good in your heart, follow Christ's example, do not judge anyone and you find that peace of mind that comes with being a Christian.

    May 11, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nicki

    Can I receive some of the 25M too? I indirectly helped by thinking about bin Laden!

    May 11, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dmpartners

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    May 12, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CA Dude

    I voted for the president who gave the order to go after him. Now can I have my $25M?
    The audacity of some people...

    May 13, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. Squirrel Hunter

    After huntin Bin Laden I'd like you come and listen to a story about a man named Jed
    A poor mountaineer,who barely kept his family fed,
    Then one day he was shootin at some food,
    And up through the ground came a bubblin crude.

    Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea.

    Well the first thing you know ol Jed's a millionaire,
    Kinfolk said "Jed move away from there"
    Said "Californy is the place you ought to be"
    So they loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly.

    Hills, that is. Swimmin pools, movie stars.

    Well now its time to say good by to Jed and all his kin.
    And they would like to thank you folks fer kindly droppin in.
    You're all invited back a gain to this locality
    To have a heapin helpin of their hospitality

    Hillybilly that is. Set a spell, Take your shoes off.

    Y'all come back now, y'hear?

    May 13, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. Paul

    Yes for sure without a doubt he should get it all... Elvis Presley and I were discussing it and we believe that he should.... Yes I am being sarcastic...

    May 13, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey I.

    Hey CNN, slow day huh?

    May 14, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. Nivlac

    God, could you imagine if this jerk-off actually did capture Bin Laden?

    May 14, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nick

    Yes he should get the moron award.
    The award money should go to the SEALS and their families.

    May 17, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. powder99

    Chong on a Bong.

    May 18, 2011 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. Xerxes 2010

    I say give him some of the reward just for being within 300mi, closer than Bush has even gotten. Give him some of the reward because he is definitely 1 crazy SOB and I love him for that. yeeee-haaaaw!

    May 18, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    What a joke!! Go Navy Seals!!!!!!

    May 19, 2011 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. markus

    This guy definitely should get the reward as I am sure he was instrumental in forcing bin Laden out of those caves and into that million dollar compound. If I am ever on the run, send Faulkner after me too.

    May 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dmuniz3`

    The only "squirrel " is this dumb azz who thinks he's Dog the Bounty Hunter or something. What a dolt.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
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