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Montana Attorney General Investigating Greg Mortenson

The Montana attorney general is opening an investigation into author and humanitarian Greg Mortenson, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

The inquiry comes just two days after a 60 Minutes report raised questions about the veracity of some scenes in the book he co-authored, Three Cups of Tea.

The book, co-written with David Oliver Relin, documents Mortenson's promise to village children in a remote area of Pakistan that he would help build schools for them. The book had received critical acclaim, and Mortenson has since founded the Central Asia Institute, a nonprofit that focuses on education in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Mortenson, who is based in Bozeman, Mont., spoke to Outside magazine about the 60 Minutes story.


"When you re-create the scenes, you have my recollections, the different memories of those involved, you have [Relin's] writing, and sometimes things come out different. In order to be convenient, there were some omissions. If we included everything I did from 1993 to 2003 it would take three books to write it. So there were some omissions and compressions, and ... I don’t know, what that’s called?"

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