Greg Mortenson 60 Minutes: Is Three Cups of Tea a Fake?
New York Times Bestselling Author Greg Mortenson Has Been Labeled as Making Up Some of the Stories in His Book, Three Cups of Tea
Mortenson was accused of lying in his book by author Jon Krakauer (Into Thin Air), on 60 Minutes Sunday Night.
Krakauer said that Mortenson did not experience the events outlined in his famous book about helping to build a school for girls in Pakistan after getting lost during a hiking trip.
He tells CBS News investigator Steve Kroft in the Sunday broadcast that a "close friend" of Mortenson's who hiked back with him from K2 says Mortenson never heard of Korphe, the village he says he stumbled into, until a year after the failed climbing attempt.
Mortenson has of course denied the claims that any part of his book is false, and issued a statement, part of which reads:
60 Minutes' question: Did you really stumble into Korphe after failing to summit K2? The two porters who accompanied you on your journey down from K2 have told us you did not. We have three other sources that support the porters' accounts. The evidence suggests that you did not step foot in Korphe until a year later.
Greg Mortenson: Yes, I first visited Korphe village, Braldu valley, Baltistan, Pakistan, after failing to summit K2 in 1993, and met Haji Ali, a long time dear mentor and friend. My second visit to Korphe was in 1994. I made two visits to Korphe in 1995, the year we built the bridge over the Braldu River. And I again made two visits to Korphe in 1996, the year we built the Korphe School.