Jon Krakauer on Greg Mortenson

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Jon Krakauer gives an update on where Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea, is these days after being revealed to be a fraud and abuser of donations to his charity. Turns out, quite well actually:

Turning a blind eye to his dishonest words and deeds, the CAI board of directors has continued to pitch Mortenson as the organization’s moral exemplar and guiding light, and still pays him $176,000 per year, according to the latest financial records released by CAI.

Incredibly, Mortenson has attempted to build actual bridges to try and help connect his lies:

And here’s the kicker: It was Mortenson who personally arranged for this bridge to be built and paid for with CAI funds, according to Zaman Ali, a resident of Askole who helped build it.


When our heroes turn out to be sleazebags, self-deception is easier than facing the facts.