Pakistan to Release Bin Laden Hunter

Relatives says Gary Brooks Faulkner will be home soon
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Suggested by Disillusioned
Posted Jun 22, 2010 5:31 PM CDT
This 2006 file photo shows Gary Brooks Faulkner.   (Anonymous)

(Newser) – A relative of an American on a solo mission to hunt down Osama bin Laden says the Colorado man is being released by the Pakistani government without charges. Gary Faulkner was detained June 13 in the woods of northern Pakistan after being found with a pistol, a sword, and night-vision equipment. The 50-year-old told officials he was out to kill the al-Qaeda leader.

Faulkner was then moved to Islamabad, and a relative said today that he was being released to American authorities there and would return to the US "very soon." Faulkner is an out-of-work construction worker who sold his tools to finance six trips on what relatives have called a Rambo-type mission to kill or capture bin Laden. He even grew his hair and beard long to fit in better.

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