60 Minutes newsmagazine has made allegations that Greg Mortensen's book "Three Cups of Tea" is a fraud, inaccurate and at worst, partly fabricated. They also charge that his non-profit organization is not really "non profit." The book has sold more than 4 million copies, with President Barack Obama having donated $100,000 of his 1.4 million dollar Nobel Peace Prize money. The newsmagazine claims that the money did not go to build schools in the Middle East, or that some schools were built by someone else. Entertainment Weekly reports:
The 2006 memoir was co-written by Greg Mortenson, a mountaineering humanitarian who co-founded and directs the Central Asia Institute, a non-profit that’s supposedly built 170 schools in rural Afghanistan and Pakistan. But the CBS newsmagazine is claiming many of the schools the Institute built were either built by someone else, or simply don’t exist.
After attempting to climb K2, an exhausted Mortenson says in his book that he stumbled upon a Pakistani village, and hospitality and warmth he experienced inspired Mortenson to build a school there. Into the Wild author Jon Krakauer is one of Mortenson’s doubters who 60 Minutes will cite in its broadcast Sunday night.
Greg Mortenson responds: