Greg Mortenson accused of lying in books

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60 Minutes released their findings of a investigative piece into Greg Mortenson’s philanthropy and his account of what happened after he climbed K2 in Pakistan on last night’s show.

As author and mountaineer Jon Krakauer said: “It’s a beautiful story, and it’s a lie.”

Mortenson claimed that villagers from Korphe helped him after he climbed K2 and got lost on the way down. But sources revealed to Krakauer that Mortenson didn’t know about Korphe until a year after the climb.

Krakauer also released his findings in a book Three Cups of Deceit.

In addition to Mortenson’s fabrication of events in his two books Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools, it was found that Mortenson’s foundation the Central Asia Institute spent more money on domestic outreach, i.e. Mortenson traveling the country talking about his books, than he did on building schools. It was also found that several schools that he claimed were built did not exist, were abandoned, used as storage space or built by someone else.

Mortenson came to CSU to speak in 2009 as part of the Monfort Lecture Series. Check back with the Collegian later this week for campus’s reaction of 60 Minutes broadcast.

- Jordyn

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