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Greg Mortenson Investigation: Montana Attorney General Launches Inquiry Into 'Three Cups Of Tea' Charity

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FILE - In this July 15, 2009 file photo released by Department of Defense, “Three Cups of Tea” co-author Greg Mortenson shows the locations of future village schools to U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the opening of Pushghar Village Girls School 60 miles north of Kabul in Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Department of Defense, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley) | AP

HELENA, Mont. -- Montana's attorney general has launched an inquiry into the charity run by "Three Cups of Tea" co-author Greg Mortenson. Attorney General Steve Bullock's statement Tuesday to The Associated Press follows investigations by "60 Minutes" and author Jon Krakauer into inaccuracies in the book.

Those reports also raised questions whether enough of the money donated to Mortenson's Central Asia Institute was spent on building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Bullock says he has a responsibility to make sure charitable assets are used for their intended purposes. He says he will not jump to any conclusions and that he has been in contact with attorneys for the charity and they have pledged their full cooperation.

Mortenson and officials with the Central Asia Institute did not return calls for comment Tuesday.

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