Steve Jobs FBI File
February 9, 2012 by staff
Steve Jobs FBI File, Notes from an FBI special agent investigating a bomb-threat extortion attempt against Steve Jobs in 1985. The government released Steve Jobs’ FBI file Thursday, including details of a background check done for a presidential appointment in 1991 and a bomb threat against him in 1985.
The background check for an appointment to the president’s Export Council, under former President George H. W. Bush, included interviews with friends and colleagues to make sure there was nothing in Jobs’ background that would open him to blackmail.
One interviewee remarked on Jobs’ well-known drug use — which included, by his own admission, the use of LSD during his schooldays.
Others mentioned that Jobs couldn’t be trusted and that he was able to create a reality-distortion field.
“Several individuals questioned Mr. Jobs’ honesty stating that Mr. Jobs will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals,” the report notes.
Despite reservations about his personal integrity, the interviewees all said there was no reason Jobs should not be given the presidential appointment to the Export Council, which he subsequently received.
Information about Jobs’ personality issues has been previously reported in the recent biography of Jobs by writer Walter Isaacson, and in other profiles of the tech luminary, but the 20-year-old FBI documents provide an early view of how his ambition and personal style affected those around him and later come to define the story of his life.
The 191-page FBI file (.pdf), which was released following a Freedom of Information Act request by Wired and other media outlets, is marked “Presidential Expedite,” and was initially marked “Secret,” but that has since been crossed out.
At the time of the background check, Jobs was president of Next, as well as CEO and chairman of Pixar. He owned an apartment in New York City in Central Park West and two homes in Woodside and Palo Alto, California and was preparing to marry Laurene Powell.
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