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. hahalol

    give this dude some money. he is completely awesome

    May 4, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Nelson

      Faulkner should be awarded for his efforts

      May 4, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • eddy30

      LOL – indeed

      May 4, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • obama bin laden

      he had the balls to do what most just talk about he deserves a medal and to be put on disability cause he is one crazy moth%^#@ker for attempting it.

      May 4, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Hmmm... a dagger, some biblical literature, a pistol, night-vision goggles and a sword... Clue anyone?

      Gary Faulkner, in the study, with the pistol.
      Gary Faulkner, in the conservatory, with a dagger.
      Not quite...
      Gary Faulkner, in Abbottabad, with biblical literature.
      Yeah, that's definitely what killed Osama.

      And hey, I live about 7,900 from Abbottabad Pakistan and I have a Bible on my bookshelf, I think I should get a cut of the money.

      May 4, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      And btw, I don't really think I deserve a cut... I am simply mocking other posters 🙂

      May 4, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      WT! I didn't know they supported emoticons! 😀

      May 4, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      I have a NOVEL idea... how about the split the $27 mil among the awesome Navy SEALs who raided the compound? They deserve it more than anyone!

      May 4, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hungrypirate

    I had wondered what Tommy Chong was doing these days...

    May 4, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      "Osama's not here, dude."

      May 4, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kevin K in TX

    Well, since my money went to searching for and killing the b***tard than i think that myself and my fellow taxpaying americans should get a part of that money. Since we all help flush his a$$ out. what a d-bag this dude is.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin K in TX

      and by the way, Pakistan, you owe us about 18 billion... thanks...and they wonder why we hate them...

      May 4, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      27,000,000 (Reward for Osama) / 307,006,550 (pop of US) = $0.09 per person

      You can fight for it if you want, lol.

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

    How is this news...

    May 4, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. margie

    i cant even beleive that cnn would even report this story

    May 4, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • caeser

      Im not sure which is crazier, the man or the article

      May 4, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. uhhh


    May 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tony

    He should be given all the reward money, and immediately taxed at 100% up front. That would be a nice gesture i think! heheheh

    May 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kevin in Atlanta

    This man has some balls...

    May 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. topper

    Sure throw him a few bucks, and tell him to go flush out #2 on the list to prove it works.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JimBob

    I wish this dude would stop drinking the turpentine I keep in my shed.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Yea

    Didn't the government already help get this guy out of Pakistan after he was arrested? There is your payment

    May 4, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Adan

    America is choking on this type of people in its gene pool, mediocrity to the nth degree.....a lonely fool wondering around aimlessly ....and now asking for reward?

    "ary Faulkner was armed with a dagger, some biblical literature..." How the hell does this stupidity make into the News?

    May 4, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Phil

    Foil hat.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Newmoon2

    Why is CNN giving this nutcase a microphone?

    May 4, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. catLoversInc


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