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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