Friday 24 November 2017

Nobel nominee is accused of fabricating story

Alex Spillius in Washington

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)

Irish Independent

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