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. Fish

    Hey I thought we should have killed him too! All Americans that thought so should get a cut. That should be about $.50 a piece... Wait what about everyone in the world that thought so? OK, we all get a penny. Just be glad he's gone.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jun

    Give him a taco

    May 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hmmm

    I deserve $1 million for thinking he was on the planet earth.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Walker

    they should give him some free psychiatric treatment, say a years worth

    May 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Of course

    Yes, he should get a portion of the money.... I think I should too because I knew he was in Pakistan and told a neighbor who worked for the government.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ron Jeremy

    no $$ for getting the right hemisphere right.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jonathan S.

    I was in Abbottabad once. I should get the reward.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. OBL

    / * \
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    May 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Steven

    Im going to sue him because it was my idea to go looking for OBL with a sword while looking like charlie daniels.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Eduardo

    Yeah, sure. Check is in the mail!

    May 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. grand.poo.bah

    I say drop him off in Lybia and give him another shot at the $25 Million if he can take out Gadhafi....

    May 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dave

    I would not give him the steam of my s**t. What he does need is serious mental health treatment.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. afs

    if he mannaged to have proof of personally killing any terrorist, and showing the body to the government, maybe give him some money, but he really didn't do anything with bin laden

    May 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. PSAGuy

    Or more correctly...the distance from Chicago to Detroit !! He was hardly in the same time zone. OF COURSE he wants some of the do I !!!

    May 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ray

    he shouldn't get anything he didn't catch or kill bin laden. the money should go to the victims of bin laden and his group of nuts.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
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