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Steve Jobs' background file released by FBI

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Steve Jobs' background file released by FBI
The late Steve Jobs was characterized as being dishonest and deceptive in a just-released FBI file. The law enforcement agency was checking out the Apple co-founder for an appointment to the President's Export Council during the George Bush Sr. administration. The file also references a bomb threat made against the executive in 1985.

Certain things that would not be considered favorable to Jobs appeared in the file. It was noted that several individuals commented about his past drug use. Jobs' truthfulness was also under fire as the file noted that "Several individuals questioned Mr. Jobs' honesty stating that Mr. Jobs will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals," stating later that, "[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."

A former friend of the late executive had some more harsh words to tell the FBI about Steve Jobs. The former friend felt "bitter" and "alienated" by Jobs and called his moral character "questionable". The same person says that Jobs has integrity as long as he gets his own way. A female was quoted in the file as being "reluctant to discuss the Appointee since she has questions concerning his ethics and his morality."

The file also has negative comments relating to Jobs' daughter born out of wedlock. The file notes 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."

Those with experience in reading through FBI files said that it was unusual for so much derogatory background information to be contained in one FBI file. Of course, with the subject matter having passed away, we can't get his side of the story.

source: DocumentedCloud via electronista

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posted on 09 Feb 2012, 12:23 1

1. keithrandy (Posts: 21; Member since: 05 Feb 2010)


Have any of you read the Steve Jobs autobiography? Ain't none of the this new! The "Reality Distortion Field" is legend at Apple.

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 12:34 16

2. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Leave him in peace
He is dead
Thanks to Steve jobs we have the amazing Samsung galaxy line
Many thanks for that

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 12:43 13

3. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Wow, talk about keeping privacy. If I was his family, I would sue.

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 12:46 7

4. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


it was already released in his autobiography whats the difference

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 16:36 4

13. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1561; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


This was the FBI's findings on him that they collected when he was up for some government work. The reason it's released is the Freedom of Information Act. And as the first poster said, the info was in his biography. Hell, the drug use was in the movie Pirates of Siicon Valley. Most everyone already knew this about him so it's not like it's nothing new.

That's like saying Hugh Grant's family should sue if the FBI published a similar report and stated that he'd been caught with a hooker. It's the price you pay when you become famous.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 01:58 2

24. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Freedom of Info Act doesn't cover people. People have a right to privacy.

Maybe I should go tell the government I took a leak in the bathroom so they can publish it.

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 12:48 15

5. remixfa (Posts: 13925; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


this stuff was fine while he was alive. we all know he was a douche, but he's dead.. let him be.

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 13:12 2

6. Contreramanjaro (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)


The world is infatuated with the idea of dissing Apple especially since everyone suddenly became aware that working conditions at Foxconn suck (after conditions were improved.) This sort of idea about inspecting the people you look up to is a good one IMO. Sure he's dead and sure it's all been seen before but should we not still be critical of the man. He IS so important that he should be held accountable as long as his influence lives on. That's just my opinion though. Why the hell would anyone look up to a CEO to begin with?

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 16:11 2

12. tedkord (Posts: 4922; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I don't care if he was a ruthless and dishonest business man, most successful business men are ruthless and dishonest. The only issue I have with the man is the way he treated his daughter and her mother for so long. He did finally accept her, but the fact that he denied her for so long says all you really need to know about his character.

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 16:43 1

14. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1561; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


The worst part of that story was him claiming in court that he was sterile so he couldn't possibly be the father. Tell that not only to the child in question, but to the kids he had later with his wife. I'm sure that really makes his first child feel real good, knowing her own father was willing to commit perjury so he didn't have to help with her uprbringing. Even worse than that was he was pretty well off when that occured. While still inexcusable, if he was destitute at the time it would've been more understandable.

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 16:52 4

16. tedkord (Posts: 4922; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It's never understandable. It's just worse when a man of means does it.

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 17:11

18. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1561; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


That's what I was trying to get across. What I probably should have said was at least he had his reasons other than just being greedy.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 01:34

23. dragonnub99 (Posts: 14; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


nope bill gates was not

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 13:47 1

7. PAPINYC (Posts: 2303; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


I, for one, am furious at the fact that so much AmeriCan tAx pAyer money was wasted iNvestiGating this diShonest swiNe.

iWant my tAxpAyer money bAck.

We have known this all along.

More importantly, iDemAnd thAt the nAmes of the couragous individuals be released to the tAx pAying public and that they be made American Heroes and be awarded Presidential Medals of Honour.

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 16:45 2

15. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1561; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


The reason, as I stated above, was that he was going to be doing work for the government. It's not like they were doing this for the fun of it. If they didn't do investigations like this, we'd have a lot more 911s on our hands.

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 17:21 2

27. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


@PAPINYC - How much of my taxpayers money was spent in the school you went to so you can type like a retarded asshat?

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 18:58 1

28. remixfa (Posts: 13925; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


took the words right out of my mouth.. lolol

besides, if your not in the top 49% of incomes, you pay no income tax after all your deductions and returns.

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 14:56 2

8. AbsentbebniM (Posts: 21; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)


@PAPINYC, you're so obviously anti-Steve Jobs that I don't believe you even read past the title of the article.

"The law enforcement agency was checking out the Apple co-founder for an appointment to the President's Export Council during the George Bush Sr. administration."

I bet you dollars to donuts that you'd be making the reverse complaint of you had found out that he had received the appointment without any background review at all. Anyone worth considering for such an appointment is worth a background check. That's the black and white of it.

On another note, what's with the teenage girl camel case text typing? Are you even d enough to remember the first bush administration? Also, Americans spell honor without the European addition of a 'u'.

As a whole, it's no surprise people didn't like the guy. We all know this. And, as said above, it's fully laid out in the biography. How much do you want to bet that at least one of those 'heros' interviewed is an ex-Apple employee that lost faith in the company in the 80's, sold all their stock, and is now disgruntled knowing what it would've been worth now?

@ivanko34, I love the Samsung reference. A lot of Android fanboys are so anti-Apple that they can't admit the influencer be iPhone had on its design. Technology is such a spiderweb and it's only just that credit be given where it's due... Even if you don't like the guy.

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 17:07 4

17. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1561; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I am an android user, after an issue with itunes support. Before that I loved apple, but that incident basically meant that I would have to repurchase my content because they couldn't resolve an issue where itunes didn't recognize that I had purchased said content. I could login and listen to/view the content, but couldn't sync it to my device. Even though both my and apple's records showed I had already purchased it, they wanted me to buy it again (around $80 worth of content). That's the last moeny they received from me.

Having said that, I don't think anyone can dispute that the iphone influenced the cellular industry, but they are basically claiming that anything that comes after owes them. If you moved that argument to other industries, where would cars, tvs, phones (landline), & computers be right now. Apple will probably always be remembered for jumpstarting the smartphone industry, but that doesn't mean they own it either.

My belief is that if they have the patents, not just a general idea but one that someone else could implement without any labor and have it work (ie the actual software code, not just what it accomplishes), they should be compensated. This patenting the look and feel of competing devices is ridiculous. I don't care if the box is the same color or not, if you're dropping $400+ on a device and don't look for the manufacturer's name, you deserve what happens. That right there is where apple's marketing should be apparent. If someone goes to buy a tablet, and overlook the word SAMSUNG on it in place of the apple logo that's engrained in the minds of people everywhere, that's the buyer's fault.

I don't like Steve Jobs, but he was extremely intelligent, and a helluva salesman. He saw a crack and burst it wide open. Most of my issues with him are how he comported himself, both in his private life, and in his business dealings. But I can give credit where it's due.

And btw, not a fan of samsung either, but I used them since the ipad/ galaxy tab dispute is the most recognized.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 15:04

26. PAPINYC (Posts: 2303; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


You are a BRILLiANT man, congrats!!

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 15:42 4

9. downphoenix (Posts: 2354; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


In terms of his psychological profile, imagine if he was a politician instead of an inventor, could we have had Hilter 2?

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 15:49 6

10. netizen (Posts: 32; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


After Steve Job's death there was this massive outpouring of making him out to be almost God-like and being solely responsible for the technology behind the iphone and other Apple products.
Of course no one wanted to print anything negative about him so soon after his death. This is the press trying to bring out some of the negative facts that were omitted about him when the world was building an alter of worship to him. The press is fickle like that. They will build up a hero worship profile of someone when they die, then bring out the not so wonderful truths later. It keeps people reading their stories.
Those that follow tech knew Steve Jobs was not everything that he was being made out to be, but the public at large did not.

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 15:56 5

11. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


In short,the idolized demi god who lived his life on a pedestal was in fact a SCUMBAG!!!
Surprise,surprise...

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 17:27 3

19. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I never knew he had a kid. I always suspected he was, ya know, fruity.

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 17:52 4

21. medicci37 (Posts: 642; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


@ remixfa. There is no rest for the wicked. Hope that greedy bastard is reincarnated as a Foxconn employee. Lol

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 17:57 1

22. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1561; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


That'd be karma for ya.

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 19:00

29. remixfa (Posts: 13925; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


he needs to be reincarnated as a toilet in the foxconn factory.

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