FBI file on Steve Jobs released, raises questions about his character

Steve Jobs' FBI file has been released and is now available for public viewing on their web site. It contains information from a background investigation conducted in 1991 when Jobs was being considered for an appointment to the President's Export Council during the Bush I White House. It also includes information relating to a bomb threat against Jobs in 1985.

The link comes via Gawker who pulled a lot of quotes from it about Jobs' character and personal behavior. The issue of Steve Jobs' character has come up on numerous occasions including his autobiography by Walter Isaacson. To many Apple fans his tendency to be abrasive and aggressive probably isn't anything new.

Creating an empire like Apple and products like the iPhone and iPad isn't typically done by killing everyone with kindness and constantly deferring to the needs and opinions of others. He was an entrepreneur, not someone running for sainthood, and I'm sure most of us, if we ever became that popular or successful, would get our fair share of the same treatment.

Hit the source link below for the full file.

Source: Jobs FBI file via Gawker

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sting7k says:

Over at cnet they have a photo of a few paragraphs from the report. In the last paragraph it says; "Several Individuals questioned Mr. Jobs' honesty stating that Mr. Jobs will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his own goals"
The FBI got wind of his reality distortion field back in 1991.

Rob White says:

I just caught that little blurb in the report myself. Kind of telling isn't it?
But it makes one wonder what their FBI file would contain. That is if we were interesting enough to have one...

theoo21 says:

He isnt the first one to do that. MJ did it aganist his opponents to get the competitive edge. Most work harder and better under pressure real or fake.

JoshHogan says:

my buddy's ex-wife makes $68 hourly on the computer. She has been laid off for 5 months but last month her check was $7129 just working on the computer for a few hours.
Here's the site to read more
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iFool says:

Basically Jobs was a dbag from what this says. Didn't want his child and bent the truth in his favor. Wow, that's what I call a herilo.

LaToyaAKADigitalNightmare says:

Jobs was a liar who believed every lie he told. He said Android copied iOS and would spend ALL of his company's money to destroy it (yet they ended up copying Android features such as a drop-down notification menu and integrated voice controls). He tried to attribute Microsoft's success to them copying Apple (when in reality, Windows was more innovative because it was more open), yet he used Woz to do all of the work and paid him change compared to what he was getting. He did abandon his daughter and her mother. Jobs saw himself as a deity among sheep, and that's just the truth. It's also interesting that this site didn't mention that he did drugs too like every other site did. Yes his company is innovative, but they aren't the only innovative company (they're playing catch up now with LTE) and those other companies deserve their praise too.

iFool says:

A horrible person that makes horrible OSes

ibuyanythingapple says:

Innovative. Ha what did Apple make lately..............
Nothing.

ibuyanythingapple says:

This guy makes want to see this company go extinct
His FBI report shows he's an whole and always been one

nameRequired says:

Steve Jobs dont likes being called an A-hole, but when he does, he wants it to be "A+ -hole"

Olene Wurtz says:

I agree that they should be a better team this year, Mike. But I think 2012 when Harper arrives and Strasburg is back will be when they will REALLY take the next step.