Steve Jobs' FBI file released to the public

Back in 1991, under then President George H. W. Bush, Apple founder Steve Jobs was being considered for a position on the President's Export Council. As such, the Federal Bureau of Investigation opened up a file on Jobs. Today, the FBI released Jobs' file to the public on its web site.

The massive 191 page file includes a number of interesting observations about Jobs, who passed away last October. The FBI conducted a series of interviews with a number of friends, colleagues, employers and more. Much of the file is apparently still considered secret as a number of pages have words, sentences and even whole paragraphs blocked out.

However, there are references to Jobs' sometimes mercurial behavior in the parts of the file that are still public. At one point the file states, " ... several individuals questioned Mr. Jobs’ honesty stating that Mr. Jobs will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals." Other comments about Jobs were more praiseworthy, with the report stating that Jobs "is strong willed, stubborn, hardworking and driven."

In the end, Jobs was not given an appointment to the President's Export Council, although the people who were interviewed did feel that Jobs was qualified to hold that position. All of this happened in the time period between his firing at Apple in the 1980s and his return to Apple in 1997.

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"several individuals questioned Mr. Jobs' honesty stating that Mr. Jobs will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals."

Distort reality? Sounds like the RDF was no so far-fetched huh? ROFL

ir0nw0lf said,

Distort reality? Sounds like the RDF was no so far-fetched huh? ROFL

Not surprised at all. Even Apple fans must admit he came out with some wild BS excuses for certain product failures....I mean features !

seanseany said,
Not surprised at all. Even Apple fans must admit he came out with some wild BS excuses for certain product failures....I mean features !

yeah, like - the phone is working fine - you are holding it the wrong way - lol

ir0nw0lf said,
"several individuals questioned Mr. Jobs' honesty stating that Mr. Jobs will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals."

Distort reality? Sounds like the RDF was no so far-fetched huh? ROFL


I am in the process of reading his biography. It talks a lot about how he would do this. Quite fascinating.

"...will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals."

A phrase which could be applied to most politicians the world over, and some of the lobbyists or vested interests they associate with ...

trip21 said,
BFD. Open a Jobs tribute site Callaham Neowin is meant to be about tech news

Some of us find it interesting. Get over it. If you don't like it, don't read it.

trip21 said,
BFD. Open a Jobs tribute site Callaham Neowin is meant to be about tech news

Its cool. They are scraping the bottom of the barrel now.

I am looking forward to the "Steve Jobs not dead. Spotted in Microsoft offices"

Steve Jobs was being considered for a position on the President's Export Council

According to Steve Job's biography, he was interviewed by the FBI because he was providing Pixar computers to the NSA for 3D imaging...

Out of all i read so far, seems the gov't had a huge issue with his birthday. Geez...you need a birth certificate to obtain a drivers license, social security card and more. As long as he as a legal document showing this birth as being 2/24/55...what si their issue?

I found it hard to believe Steve was a Pisces. I was born 2 days before him in 69 and he didn't act like one to me based on known attributes. He did reflect many though.

Imagaine if he progressed to President...

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