Steve Jobs’ FBI file surfaces

by Brendan Nystedt | February 9, 2012


Steve Jobs was always into the counter-culture and didn’t enjoy going along with what “the man” told him to do. But, if circumstances were different, would he have been made a part of President George H.W. Bush’s export council? Gawker was able to get a hold of an FBI background check on the late Apple co-founder from 1991. One of the cover sheets is stamped “PRESIDENTIAL EXPEDITE,” and another authorizes a “Full Field Investigation” of the third level. There’s some really amusing anecdotes from interviews conducted with people who worked with and for Jobs both at Apple and NeXT. Some highlights:

Jobs was notoriously busy and hated having people interrupt his obsessive work pattern:

Mr. Jobs’ secretary informed SA (Special Agent) REDACTED that Mr. Jobs was unavailable for an interview for three weeks. Mr. Jobs could not even see SA REDACTED for one hour.

On his famed Reality Distortion Field and daughter Lisa:

Several individuals questioned Mr. Jobs’ honesty stating that Mr. Jobs will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals. They also commented that, in the past, Mr. Jobs was not supportive of REDACTED (the mother of his child born out of wedlock) and their daughter; however, recently he has become more supportive.

More on the RDF and drugs (could this be from Jobs’ Reed College buddy Daniel Kottke?):

REDACTED, advised that he has been acquainted with Mr. Jobs since REDACTED. He characterized Mr. Jobs as a deceptive individual who is not completely forthright and honest. He stated that Mr. Jobs will twist the trught and distort reality in order to achieve his goals…REDACTED Also advised that he was aware that Mr. Jobs  used illegal drugs, including marijuana and LSD, while they were attending college.

There’s some other juicy stuff in there like a bomb threat to Apple Computer in 1985 and the various court cases involving Mr. Jobs. The report ends with a clean finding on Jobs, stating “White House Office satisfactory.” If string theory is correct, somewhere there’s a parallel universe where Steve Jobs worked for the White House. All in all, this is a more interesting read than most parts of the Walter Isaacson biography of the guy.

Source: Gawker, Via: The Verge

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