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Mortenson’s half-truths

Published Apr 20, 2011 08:23am


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Greg Mortenson is a mountaineer-turned-humanitarian, a New York Times bestselling author, and a two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee.

If we are to believe the recent 60 Minutes investigation and Jon Krakauer's report Three Cups of Deceit, he is also a liar.

Last Sunday, the news programme released a damning report on Mortenson, claiming that some of his most inspirational stories in his books Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools were either exaggerated or completely fabricated. Moreover, a financial statement from the Central Asia Institute (CAI), which Mortenson co-founded in 1996 and is acting executive director of, show that only 41 per cent of funds raised actually went towards schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. According to the American Center for Philanthropy, a charity watchdog, CAI claims that $1.7 million was spent on Mortenson’s “book-related expenses,” more than they spent on all of their schools in Pakistan last year.

Since the report aired, a flurry of news reports, opinion pieces, and statements have been released. Mortenson’s long-time critics feel vindicated. His fans are justifiably angry. And there are some who still cling to the possibility that the presented evidence either isn’t true, or doesn’t matter.

Mortenson’s response to the investigation has been vague and frankly, unsatisfying. In a piece for a local English newspaper, he wrote,

“…the story framed by “60 Minutes” — as far as we can tell — paints a distorted picture using inaccurate information, innuendo and a microscopic focus on one year’s (2009) IRS 990 financial, and a few points in Three Cups of Tea, that occurred almost 18 years ago.”

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle cited another statement, in which he emphasised, "I stand by the information conveyed in my book.”

And yet Mortenson also conceded that one of the disputed events in the book — how he ended up in Korphe, where he built the first of more than 100 schools — was “a compressed version of events that took place in the fall of 1993.”

He also has not addressed the troubling revelation that the 1996 photo of his alleged Taliban kidnappers were, in fact, not Taliban at all. One of the men, Mansur Khan Mahsud, is actually a well-respected research director of the FATA Research Center, an Islamabad-based think tank. Mahsud recently told the Daily Beast, “[Mortenson] just wanted to sell books because by 2006 everyone wanted to know about the Taliban and Waziristan…He thought this was a good chance to cash in.”

You may argue that Mortenson’s half-truths and lies were all part of the storytelling process, that his heart was still in the right place, that his intentions were good. But Mortenson ultimately based his entire narrative on a lie. The reason why American housewives and school children alike were drawn to his inspirational story, why they opened their wallets and gave blindly to “save” schoolgirls in Afghanistan and Pakistan was – at the end of the day – a sham. And if he could lie about the very foundation of his success, we have no choice but to doubt everything.

As the dust settles, there is a desire to point fingers and portion blame. Mortenson and CAI deserve the brunt of the anger, for not only veiling the public from reality, but also for using sentimental literature to garner funds, money that was allegedly misappropriated for personal gain.

We should also use this opportunity to look inwards at ourselves, at our ability to get carried away by a charismatic personality and digestible narrative, in which Mortenson was the John Smith in the Pakistani version of Pocahontas. Rather than society questioning whether good intentions truly equaled good aid, we gave him a platform, feeling warm and fuzzy for the part we indirectly played in saving schoolchildren. This thinking is endemic of a larger problem with charity and non-profit giving, in which show ponies and personalities often sweep us off our feet. We forget that we must demand transparency, and that we need to go beyond giving, remembering instead to give well, and who our money should be ultimately going to. This means supporting institutions and organisations that are not built on personality alone, but on community engagement and sustainability.

I never donated to CAI, and I still feel cheated. I can only imagine how Mortenson’s supporters must feel.

Kalsoom Lakhani is the director of Social Vision, the venture philanthropy arm of ML Resources, based in Washington, DC. She is the founder and editor of CHUP, a blog that aims to break the black-and-white depiction of Pakistan in the news media, and is the managing editor of ThinkChange Pakistan, a blog that tracks social entrepreneurship in the country. She tweets at

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john kilcher Apr 20, 2011 02:44pm
As an American citizen, I have been and continue to be appalled at our foreign policy with regards to "terrorism". When I first heard about Mortenson and I purchased his book 3 cups of tea, for the first time since 9/11, I felt that there was someone who i could believe in to right some of the u.s's wrongs. Now, I am waiting to read more of this damning information, but i feel at this time betrayed. Time will tell and if appropriate, I will pull my monthly donation when and if this information is true.
oppurbaBD Apr 20, 2011 03:48pm
Very good piece of writings Kalsoom.Happy to see the real face of liars who entertained us with filmy story.Truth never dies.
Vicdeane Apr 20, 2011 04:43pm
Don't judge too quickly, people. Remember Mortenson was working hard building schools in Pak since the mid 90's. I bet none of you even heard of him until 2006 at the earliest, so to brand him as 'charismatic' is a somewhat untrue. He is a self confessed introvert. Whatever the outcome, dont forget the hundreds of children who have benefited from his work.
owais Adil Apr 20, 2011 05:14pm
First of let us judge the credibility of the information basing upon which these allegations have been levelled; I have been going through these reports for past two weeks. And to be honest I have not come across a single person who has actually been to the areas mentioned in the book. From my personal experience of being in the areas and my extensive interactions with local people, I can say with a degree of certainty that CAI has done considerable work as calimed in the book. Last year some problems of funding and salaries for staff did crop up, but overall people are satisfied with the efforts of CAI. Now few questions for writer of the article; Have you ever been to Skardu, Hushe and Shigar valleys? What is your source of information? In the end I would just like to add that Mr Morterson has indeed exaggerated some facts about his escapades in the northern Pakistan and I have serious doubts over the Taliban episode but its about time that we should put aside our cynicism and promote positives present in the world.
faizan hayat Apr 20, 2011 06:06pm
being a citizen of a state where the education is being circumvented by all democratic despots in the past, i even embolden the effort for utilizing the 40% of charity in education sector (if allegations at are true).if even Greg is totally conducting education activities with 40% of its funds utilization, i am the one very much happy with that. because we never attained 40% of our rights in anything including education, health, security, social justice, social status. so its admirable if someone providing even 40% of collected charity.
Jawad Apr 20, 2011 06:17pm
It has always been troubling... to say the least. There are many amongst us who wish to generously contribute to the nobel causes and to help build a better society, if we can contribute in no other way. However, at the same time, it is a challenge to trust individuals/organizations who will ultimately be act, walk and talk honestly to benefit the needy. We had seen many such instances in the past - Earthquake funds/donations either wasted/not-effectively utilized, Flood Relief Funds etc, which tend to shatter our faith and confidence. But then, this should not stop us from helping, rather we should be more vigilant and do cross-check on whom we give.
RM Apr 20, 2011 06:55pm
We all are jumping to conclusions. We must give some allowance for exaggeration as part of story telling but it is hard to believe that some can lie of existence of tens of schools without them being there. I still respect Graig Mortenson unless he is proven guilty.
siraj Apr 20, 2011 06:57pm
The work initiated and followed up indeed, is gigantic in true spirit. The area is not easily approachable and a person grown up in the USA and took the expedition is really praising. There may be some exaggerations, but on the face of a challenging job achieved by Mortensen, is negligible!!
Naveed Apr 20, 2011 07:30pm
You have to understand that 'Three Cups of Tea' belongs to the genre called Creative Nonfiction and readers must be aware of the conventions of the genre before raising a hue and cry about truth and veracity. Read the Introduction to Robert Root and Michael Steinberg's 'The Fourth Genre' and things will be much clearer to you.
Kamal Masud Apr 20, 2011 07:51pm
Kalsoom, I am disappointed that you have decided to jump on the bandwagon demonizing Greg Mortenson. Maybe we should ask all the various NGO's and government agencies in Pakistan what percentage of the funds they received for victims of earthquakes and floods were actually spent on the sufferers? The 60 minutes report also had some glaring holes in its analysis. Example, why would the guides in waziristan admit to being taliban sympathizers on a show about to be broadcast in the US? Why should we take their word for it? Especially if they put themselves in danger of being hit by a drone fired missile after such an admission. Unfortunately, people have a bad habit of gloating when others trying to achieve something fall from grace. This only helps us feel better about our own mediocrity. Finally, Kalsoom, if you feel so betrayed and cheated by Greg Mortenson, then you should give up your cush "jobs" in Washington DC and go and do something worthwhile for the people of Pakistan. Put your money where your mouth is.
Rehan Apr 20, 2011 02:52pm
Hmm... Who would want to discredit Mortenson and why?
Rafiq Ebrahim Apr 20, 2011 02:59pm
Apart from truths, half-truths and lies, the number of schools built and also in existence and fully working today in the remote places in Pakistan and Afghanistan due to the sincere efforts of Greg Mortenson and his team deserve credit and appreciation. This guy is one who has braved all storms and is doing something worthwhile - imparting education to village children. Wish there were others doing such works.
mnajeeb Apr 20, 2011 08:52pm
This is as good as Ms. Kulsoom says, even though she didn;t pay a dime to this charity, she feels cheated by the allegations! Besides pronouncing judgements on Mortenson and his actions, people have somehow convinced themselves to "deserve" all that is good, and feel cheated upon realization that people and this world is anything but perfect! Three cups of tea makes it v.clear that Mortenson was the least organized man, he couldn't keep track of things even when CAI was in its infancy, so it is no surprise that there have been not many audits. Mansur K.Mehsud also has allegations of being corrupt, involved in illegal trades (something Mortenson didn't know at the time), and had tried to take advantage of Mortenson's mission. People who know the crooks of big ciites in pakistan, know that many will come forward with allegations, simply based on their personal vendettas. So, allegations yet unproven do not change his work and the good image he's been promoting in U.S. about the tribal cultures of pak-afghan area, something perhaps we as pakistanis have failed at. Then who are we, in our infinitely oblivious states, to feel cheated!???
Yawar Shah Apr 20, 2011 04:13pm
Greg Mortenson grew up as a child with compassion and humanity, he lived in Africa for many years with his parents doing charitable work where they built schools and hospitals. I met Greg last year, and found him to be an extraordinary human being, serving humanity above politics or religion. The image of Pakistan in the West, is regrettably that of religious extremism close to being a failed state, therefore it's not surprising that Greg has many detractors in the US, they question why does he care so much for the poor children of Pakistan. Greg embarked on this humanitarian mission, because these are extremely poor people living in the most inhospitable areas where even government of Pakistan has never cared or helped these people. These millions of hapless people therefore welcomed and loved this American as their true friend. There has to be some romance in all the extraordinary work Greg did, there may be some exaggeration in story telling, but what he achieved is something no one else ever did, he brought the light of education and hope, for a better life for these poor people of Northern Pakistan and Afghanistan. We appluad Greg's extraordinary noble work to serve humanity.
Suhail Zubaid-Ahmad Apr 20, 2011 09:18pm
I totally agree with you. Actually, I went through all the stories in the newspapers and did an analysis of my own. First of all, most of the accusers have never been to the remotest parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan that saw the great work from CAI. Furthermore, my personal take is that, and I am borrowing from the book itself when Greg was receiving his first ever donation from a cranky dying man, who told him that always remember you will be working for Muslims and it will be biggest challenge for you to get any funding. There can't be major inaccuracies, except that few disgruntled workers of his CAI could have help make the accusations, that the major work is being done in Shia Muslim regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan, that Pakistan has to be painted in the negative and starved of any funding by the powers that be, that the two books themselves say that major work on schools was done by Pakistani and Afghan locals whereas Greg was himself trying to generate funds in the USA, etc. I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that it is a targeted strategy against CAI and Pakistan by some powers that be. For example, this mountaineer Karauker I have read a lot, but we do need to know that it was mostly the mountaineers of the USA who helped Greg generate the first batch of donations. They could have easily found the inaccuracies in Greg's account and gone public much earlier. I am convinced that it is a conspiracy. Someone is cooking something and it smells bad.
ali khan Apr 20, 2011 10:24pm
A nice journalistic article, Kulsoom. If exaggerations regarding his heroic rescue and days spent in "Taliban" captivity are the only questionable items, I guess I can overlook it with a "Dude, what the heck were you thinking" approach. But if it runs deeper than that and there are issues of misappropriation of funds and misrepresentations that could hurt his relationships with locals, that's a problem. Bottomline is that Greg is a fallable human being like the rest of us. Let's accept him with his faults. Maybe he likes to look larger than life, than again, who doesn't. If he has helped thousands of young girls in the most remotest of areas, it's all good..... hope he can continue to do good work. this too will come to pass. I met him when he visited Minnesota. Seemed like a decent, humble guy. so he likes to embelish. He'll make a good presidential candidate for Dems or GOP. Ali
honorliving Apr 20, 2011 05:32pm
Thanks Owais. I am glad that CAI has made some difference in the life of people that we Pakistanis treat as second class citizens. I have donated to CAI and do not feel cheated. My children are active participants in pennies-for-peace, a program run by CAI where school children collect pennies and donate to CAI for building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Jenny Apr 21, 2011 01:50am
Much agreed!
S. Nelson Apr 21, 2011 01:57am
I'm astonished that those who have read or heard the recent allegations against Mr. Mortenson are so quick to condemn him. Is truth a weathervane that turns with the prevailing winds? Let's wait until the evidence is in. And even if some of these allegations stick, at least he's been out there doing something positive. None of us is perfect after all.
Qudsia Apr 21, 2011 02:10am
Granted that it may have been an exaggeration in parts, but I would like each one of us feeling betrayed and angry here to question why we are SO bent upon believing that it's all a lie? It is almost as if we cannot, and do not, want any good to exist in this world. The moment there is a man who does or even aspires to do something selfless we will most certainly will believe any news that negates the act itself. So I would like to ask each of you to wait before drawing any conclusions in this regard and wait for more information. That said, it would be extremely disappointing if Mr Mortensen has indeed fabricated the entire story.
Qaiser Hussain Apr 21, 2011 02:27am
Kulsoom, you show extreme immaturity in your article. You havent given the person a chance to explain himself.
Irfan Apr 21, 2011 02:52am
I dont know what Ms Kalsoom Lakhani has accomplished in her "Scoial Vision" . For me it will be enough, if Greg has build one school and educated few kids in Baltistan. Life is super tough in these areas and government pockets are always empty for any basic services. At least some one did some thing in these rugged. Its cool sit in DC and be part of a think tank and yap about things and subject you have no clue. Irfan
Dr Shakir Apr 21, 2011 03:22am
Mr Mortenson is still far better than Karzai or Zardari COMBINED. Atleast he has SOME schools that are functioning. Atleast 50% of the funds he collected went towards education of in grossly underdeveloped regions of Pakistan & Afghanistan. There is nothing black and white only shades of grey. I will support Mortenson, any day over Karzai and Zardari.
Junaid Apr 21, 2011 03:43am
Mr. Mortenson has built schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan that some other folks wanted to bomb to middle ages..We as Pakistanis should be defending him for the work he has done for education in Pakistan, instead of writing damning articles. What if he exaggerated the truth to sensationalize his story. Do you think that the children that benefited from his schools care?? What have his critics done for Pakistan? ZILCH...I dont see any schools in Pakistan with either John Krakauer's or Kalsoom Lakhani's name on them, do you? A lot of us can 'blog' or think in 'tanks', but only heroes like Mr. Mortenson can get his hands dirty to first raise money while living out of a car and then building a school where even Pakistanis are scared to go.
Eddie R. Apr 21, 2011 06:25am
Interesting article Kalsoom, thanks for your insight into the real ngo world and situation in Pakistan. I'll be checking out your blog for more of this. As an American in Pakistan since 2002, I have personally seen CAI's schools and heard local reports of their good work. I do not know nor have I met Mr. Mortenson. I have read the books and they are inspiring, a bit naive, and encouraging. I've walked in his steps and have supported local schools around Pakistan, especially after the 2005 earthquake. CAI has done some great work and I'd hate to see all of that progress thrown out like the "baby with the bath water". I'll be watching as well to see what happens with all of this. If I could speak to CAI though I'd volunteer my time to help them. Seeking the best for Pakistan and the people here!
surkh malang Apr 21, 2011 07:37am
Let the man build the schools. The story may be half-fiction to make it more reader-friendly but if it much more effectively communicates the message, it's worth it. Any donations made have had a bigger impact than all the tax-payers' money (from the U.S. and PK). It must be noted that a high percentage of these "legitimate" funds and packages are absorbed by corporations and consultants before they are remitted to their destination, where these funds are devoured by the corrupt. You'd accomplish more by donating 1 cent to CAI than by relying on the thousands paid in taxes - given the exchange rate, this may well be a reality. Don't hate, appreciate.
Mullah Omar Apr 21, 2011 07:43am
I am a supporter of Greg. I have just bought his second book 'Stones into school'. I don't care what the 60 seconds or minutes people say, even if half true this man has done a good job in my country. Even if one person got education from his schools he has achieved his goal. I salute this American Pakistani. The author of this story should be ashamed of herself, deriding a person who help educate girls less fortunate than her. So what if he exagerated the Taliban story.
Anees Ahmed Apr 21, 2011 10:17am
Did the man build one school for the poor and the unfortunate in Pakistan?. If yes, then did he need to ? If he has exaggerated here and there in his book, so what. Let Ms Lakhani show us one leader (or should I say, supposed Leader) on planet earth who doesn't routinely lie and cheat? We in the land of the pure cannot be sure of our cel phones want to point fingers at others? But then that is what hypocracy is all about is it not?
john Apr 21, 2011 10:22am
I was a neighbor of this guy mortenson in wisconsin. Downright honest guy. always looked after people in need of help. I reckon it doesn't pay to be a good guy any more if you start getting this type of remarks. John y
shirin gul Apr 21, 2011 10:35am
I guess its finally the time to tell the truth. Mortenson sahib is no fraud or thief. I'm one of the little girls who entered the school built by him in his book. By picture is also on the book cover. So no one better to tell you about him. He has changed my whole life. now I work in an ngo in our village. If it wasn't for him i would be illiterate and married with 5 kids not earning my own livelihood. I say wail to mortensen sahib our saviour. Shirinay Gulmit
taqi baig Apr 21, 2011 02:02pm
No human is perfect. He did more good than bad. Give the guy a break and let him continue with his work. It is easy to be an armchair critic but if you try and follow his lead then you will appreciate his efforts more.
Farhan Apr 21, 2011 04:45pm
So you have passed your verdict based on one CBS investigative report ? Did you attempt to find a counter-argument or do any sort of research ? Allow me to point out that the famous CBS news anchor, Dan Rather, was once accused (and admitted) to fabricating reports about his encounter with the mujahideen in Afghanistan. So pls don't take everything at face value. A flip side of this could very well be that this is a deliberate attempt to sabotage an educational venture in Pakistan, destroy donor goodwill and demoralize American philanthropists, many of whom could identify with a cause in distant Pakistan for the very first time. I'm not saying all this is necessarily true, but certainly worth exploring before reaching a conclusion. In the meantime, if Mortenson hasn't built enough schools for your liking, how many have YOU built lately in Pakistan ?
mehmudah Apr 21, 2011 05:15pm
To me, 3 Cups was more than just a book. It was an experience, a journey which I savoured - laughed with, exclaimed at and sometimes even shed tears for. If it was a farce... what a shame. I really really hope Mortenson gets cleared if he's honest. When I heard him speak at the Emirates Literature Festival some weeks back, I was all admiration, all respect. His was a story I, like millions, was enthralled by. I will be following the investigations closely.
Sayyar Apr 21, 2011 11:11pm
What have you done yourself that you feel cheated. Even if this guy built just one school to me thats Good enough an I support him. Maybe you do not feel cheated by Zardari , Nawaz Sharif an other dictators. Who have done nothing for Pakistan.
Rehan Apr 22, 2011 12:48am
THANK YOU for this comment! I wonder if Ms. Kulsoom is really working for a better image of Pakistan. Is she so naive as to ignore the political implications of discrediting what Mortenson stands for? Mortenson has been trying to convince everyone, particularly the American government, that education and not bombs is the solution for militancy. We as Pakistanis should support him, especially if we claim to be working for improving Pakistan's image abroad, as Ms. Kulsoom's bio says she's trying to do. What is the woman thinking???
S M Shah Apr 22, 2011 02:15am
having had the benefit of reading your blogpostings, at CHUP, I feel betrayed, you not portraying your true 'Muslim Feminist' in this Blog... Be Honest and tell us all what you think of the Veil, and how Burqa Ban in France is ...
Azra Apr 22, 2011 04:03am
Well said. It really is media propaganda. An American building schools for Muslim girls....unthinkable and unacceptable for the western media !!!
aslam Apr 22, 2011 04:47am
Kusloom, You are such a hypocrite. Sure, Mortensen is probably guilty of fabricating a lot of the stuff that he has said and written.However if yu were to venture outside your ivory tower you'd see that he has indeed changed the lives of many people without a voice and future in Pakistan. Can you personally lay claim to a fraction of his acheivements? If you spit up at the sky, it is going to land on your face. Oh, by the way, what do you think of Nawaz Sharif and his "ghost schools"? Maybe Mortensen should be made into a chief(cheap) minister too!
Eric Kumar Apr 22, 2011 07:19am
What ever one says, we should admire ,respect and indeed hug Greg for all his efforts. If only handfull of girls or boys being educated, still those children will be able to help their land instead of if they were not being educated . They are a great asset to their country.Let the barking dogs bark. Who cares if the men still has used money for his own benifit then it is OK.It is very hard for a person from other place to work in Afghanistan. A war torn country, every step one takes you can not tell that you are seconds away being hit by a land mine or get ambushed by a sniper. Only a person who has real heart and compassion and love for these people can do the type of work Greg is doing. Keep doing this great mission.Greg our hearts and prayers are with you
yasser Apr 22, 2011 11:16am
I would like to ask the critics of Greg Mortenson just one question: would you have done what he did (live on a bare minimum, sleep in the car, sell off own belongings) to raise money to build a school half a world away for a handful of people that 99% of the world doesnt even know they exist? if not, then please keep you psuedo intellectual comments to yourself and let the man do the work that you wouldnt have even dreamed of doing even if you were given 10 lives to live!
arifa Apr 22, 2011 11:27am
It reeks of the author's prejudice towards a certain person and a certain organization and nothing else. What is inspiring though is that going through these comments, majority seem to be in support of Greg. I would recommend this article to those who thrive on slinging mud on others without bothering to do their research. Instead of looking at how much the guy has contributed towards the lives of women in backward areas of Pakistan, and at the very least let the investigation run its course, you jumped at the chance of outright bashing a person who has risked his life for years and years working in areas where you wont even deign to step. I have met Greg at a book signing, and for those pointing fingers at him about keeping the profit from his books all to himself, while using the organization's funds for traveling to keep his speaking commitments, let me just tell you this. While I was waiting in the line with others to get my book signed, he had people bring in BOXES and BOXES of books, which normally sell in paperback for no less than $15, and gave each person in the line over 10 books each at no cost, the idea being that we should distribute the books among our friends as much as possible, so that the message of peace could spread. This he does in every one of his public speeches. In every one of his speeches, he talks against war, how destructive it is, and how much enemies it makes on both sides of the world. HE IS THE LAST PERSON ON THIS PLANET TO RUN AFTER MONETARY ADVANTAGES. Greg has his failings like all of us do- anyone who has bothered to read his books would have come across stuff like him being a very disorganized person, bad at keeping track of things etc etc. What matters is that this person has a heart of gold, and I truly believe that. Like someone said, even if he built ONE school in such a dangerous region, he did MORE than MANY of us would EVER do in our lives. And as the article I linked clearly says, he has built many. It's sad that people who don't even know anything about him, or about Krakeur, are throwing garbage at Greg. But then this world is nothing if it's not cruel. May God bless you Greg, and keep you and your family in His protection.
Oona Apr 22, 2011 11:29am
"I can only imagine how Mortenson’s supporters must feel" - i can tell you how Mortenson's supporters feel, they feel very very angry at articles such as yours that have turned an absolutely fantastic person into a greedy person overnight without even giving him a chance to vindicate himself...
arifa Apr 22, 2011 11:35am
i feel your pain john. Please don't consider this author a representative of the whole pakistani nation. Much respect for Greg.
Sarah Farrukh Apr 22, 2011 12:09pm
very nice post by Kalsoom Lakhani :)
Humera Apr 23, 2011 02:01am
I second with you! I believe there is a big picture ahead of us and we should try to see through it before it's too late other than outbursting a temper childishly.
SIMPLIFY Apr 23, 2011 10:47am
I am a bit confused about Mr Mortenson now. He should come out in the public and clarify all issues for his fans
JM Qureshy Apr 27, 2011 08:05am
Did he do good for mankind? Yes. well that is what maters. His going north, South, East or west are the paths to his acheavement. Best wishes to all. J M Qureshy
Riaz Apr 29, 2011 08:24am
CBS like other American media is only 5% truth and 95% spin that is controlled by special interest groups. The CBS story is easy to understand - there is a powerful"self righteous"lobby in the west that doesnot want any positive portrayal of Islam or Pakistan in the press as provided by Greg Mortenson - by his books and his work. Thank you Greg for all you have done for people in Pakistan and Africa. I have not donated to CAI in the past but now it will be getting my regular support. Greg Mortenson is America 's greatest Ambassador. God bless America and the world.