Nobel nominee is accused of fabricating story
Published 19/04/2011 | 05:00
An author nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize has been accused of fabricating parts of his inspirational, supposedly non-fiction, book.
Greg Mortenson grew rich on royalties and speaking fees after the success of 'Three Cups of Tea', in which he claimed that, on a descent from Pakistan's K2 peak in 1993, he became lost and stumbled upon the village of Korphe, where the kindness of locals inspired him to build a school.
But an expose by CBS programme '60 Minutes' has shown porters disputing that he had ever been lost and saying that he only visited Korphe a year later. Mortenson (53) has defended his work, but said his account was "a compressed version of events".
Co-founder of The Central Asia Institute, which has attracted $60m (€42m) in donations, Mortenson was also accused of using the institute as his "personal ATM". His claim that he was kidnapped by the Taliban in 1996 has also been challenged. (© Daily Telegraph, London)