Steve Jobs’ 1991 FBI File Released

Spotted by Gawker, a Freedom of Information request has lead to the release of a background check on Steve Jobs by the FBI — all 191 pages of it. It seems that in 1991, the first President Bush was considering Jobs for a position on his Expert Council, and commissioned this report.

As Gawker points out, a lot of people have some rather nasty things to say about Jobs, summarized as:

Several individuals commented concerning past drug use on the part of Mr. Jobs.

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 has become supportive.

Yes, Jobs did use drugs in his younger days. He also famously lied about a number of things, including the existence of the iPhone, and his rather nasty early dealings with his daughter have been well documented. It’s just kind of astonishing to see 191 pages of his background. There’s also plenty of good stuff, like “he describes the appointee as being a ‘genius’ in the world of computers” and much else lauding Jobs’ abilities, including some calling him “a man of good solid judgement” and “morally upright”.

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