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Update: Outside trails case of Mortenson, Three Cups of Tea author

OUTDOOR SCANDALS — It’s been 10 months since Jon Krakauer and 60 Minutes alleged that the Greg Mortenson, who became famous with his book Three Cups of Tea, was a literary fraud who used the Central Asia Institute as a personal cash cow, prompting a civil suit and an investigation by Montana’s attorney general.

According to a just published report by Outside magazine — check it out —  Mortenson still isn’t talking. But the case is heating up, with important developments in the lawsuit and hints that the A.G.’s probe could go badly for CAI.

University debating award for Three Cups of Tea author Mortenson

OUTDOORS/CLIMBING — The University of Georgia has not yet decided whether it will award the Delta Prize for Global Understanding to best-selling author Greg Mortenson after he was accused of financial mismanagement and literary fraud, according to the Associated Press.

Betty Jean Craige, director of the UGA Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, said Mortenson was scheduled to receive the award during an April 8 banquet, but he canceled for health reasons.

Mortenson is under investigation by Montana’s attorney general over accusations he is financially benefiting from the charity he runs. And he was accused during an April 17 episode of CBS’ "60 Minutes" of lying about events in his book "Three Cups of Tea."

Craige said the center has not been in touch with Mortenson since he canceled his April 8 appearance.

Writer compares Mortenson with Sir Edmund Hillary

OUTDOORS — Joel Connelly of Seattlepi.com wrote this commentary today, contrasting Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson's efforts to build schools in Central Asia  with the style of another famous climber — Sir Edmund Hillary.

Read my earlier post with links to Mortenson's response today to charges by 60 Minutes and Jon Krakauer.

Mortenson speaks on charges regarding Three Cups of Tea, charity

OUTDOORS Greg Mortenson, the climber, philanthropist and author of Three Cups of Tea, has finally come forward to comment on the charges made agaist him Sunday by 60 Minutes and fellow author and climber Jon Krakauer.  

Mortenson's interview to address the world-wide buzz about falsehoods in his books and questions about the money his fundraising has forwarded to schools for girls in Central Asia has just been released and is available at Outside Online.

The 60 Minutes report suggested that Mortenson exaggerates many of the claims in his books and uses money donated to his Central Asia Institute for promoting the sale of his books.

See Krakauer's detailed documentation of the charges here.

Click here for today's S-R story on the reaction of local universities that have hosted Mortensen recently, paid his $30,000 speaking fees and helped him raise money for the charity.

Joel Connelly of Seattlepi.com wrote this commentary today, bringing to mind the efforts of Sir Edmund Hillary.

Outside editorial director Alex Heard will be on Anderson Cooper 360 tonight talking about his interview with Mortenson.