March 19, 2019

Writer claims ‘Three Cups of Tea’ author lied about story

64,000 reasons why Mortenson's work is a good thing.

Jon Krakauer the best selling US author of ‘Into Thin Air’ claims that key elements of fellow US writer Greg Mortenson’s book ‘Three Cups of Tea’ are false.

The claims have been aired in a 60 Minutes investigation aired last night in the US. Krakauer says “It’s a beautiful story. And it’s a lie.”

Mortenson shot to international fame with the book, which describes his getting lost on an effort to climb the world’s second-highest peak, K2, and being rescued by Pakistani villagers. He vowed to return to build a school for local girls. The Central Asia Institute charity he helped found has built over 55 schools and educated around 64,000 children – mainly girls.

In his book Moertenson claims to have been captured by the Taliban and held for several days. There are also claims that some of the schools the Central Asia Institute is said to have established either don’t exist or were built by others.

Krakauer, a climber and former donor for CAI quotes a “close friend” of Mortenson’s saying “Greg never heard of (the village of) Korphe until a year” after the failed attempt to climb K2.

Mortenson has issued a carefully worded rejection of the “60 Minutes” allegations.

“I stand by the information conveyed in my book,” Mortenson said in a statement issued by his Central Asia Institute on Friday, in advance of the “60 Minutes” broadcast.

He also defended “the value of CAI’s work in empowering local communities to build and operate schools that have educated more than 60,000 students.”

He described Afghanistan and Pakistan as “complex places torn by conflicting loyalties, and some who do not want our mission of educating girls to succeed.”

CAI claims that Mortenson is suffering from a heart ailment at the moment that requires surgery.

Three Cups of Tea was co-written with David Oliver Relin, and has sold over 4 million copies worldwide.

Newswarped has problems with evidence that is only heresay. If we look at the excellent work that the CAI has done in an impoverished region of the world it is worthy of support. To publicise the evidence of an un-named “close friend” seems to reek of selling advertising space on television. What is Krakauers beef with Mortenson anyway?

If we examined all the things that the United States Government claims to have done, we are likely to find a few holes in their story as well.