The FBI today released a 191-page file they had on Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The file was the result of former President George H. W. Bush contemplating the appointment of Jobs to a Government position. Consequently, the FBI performed a thorough Level III background investigation into Jobs, the results of which are now open for all to view.
The report was the culmination of interviews with over 30 people who knew Jobs and details his drug use along with his ability to “twist the truth”. Notably, the files author – John Cook – notes that the interviews resulted in an uncharacteristically high number of disparaging remarks about the late Apple CEO. Of course, given Jobs’ demeanor, it’s not all that surprising that he rubbed quite a few people the wrong way.
The file doesn’t disclose the names of the people interviewed as that information has been redacted. Still, the file paints an interesting, and admittedly not surprising, look into how many characterized Jobs a few decades back. Adjectives like “deceptive” and “questionable” moral character are just some examples of how Jobs was described.
Below are a few of the more pertinent excerpts.
“Several individuals questioned Mr. Jobs’ honesty stating that Mr. Jobs will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals.”
[Redacted] advised that he has been acquainted with Mr. Jobs since [redacted]. He characterized Mr. Jobs as a deceptive individual who who is not completely forthright and honest.
[Redacted] advised that he is no longer friends with Mr. Jobs. He feels bitter toward and alienated by Mr. Jobs based on his association with Mr. Jobs at ACI. He characterized Mr. Jobs as an honest and trustworthy individual; however, his moral character is questionable.
The report also makes frequent mention of Jobs past drug use, something which the Apple co-founder actually embraced, and at times, recommended to others, most notably Bill Gates.
In the past, Jobs has said that taking LSD was one of the most important experiences of his life.
And as a final tidbit, take a guess as to what Jobs’ high school GPA was.