The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released its file on Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, detailing its investigation into the Apple’s talismanic leader in 1991 and unearthing some interesting facts.
The FBI started investigating Jobs because he was being considered for a presidential position in the then President George H.W. Bush’s office. Whilst it doesn’t state what position he was to hold but it does note that Jobs would have taken a position in the President’s Export Council.
According to the file, Jobs was also the subject of a bomb threat in 1985. It also appears he wasn’t fired from Apple in the same year, he “left a job for other reasons under unfavorable circumstances”. To be honest, the report doesn’t really paint Jobs in a very favorable light at all, the sources that the FBI used for character assessments noted that he couldn’t be trusted.
Gawker grabbed the release and noted some of the interesting snippets, including Jobs’ past drug use and his uncanny ability to invoke his Reality Distortion Field. Two of Jobs’ acquaintances did say he was “strong willed, stubborn, hardworking and driven, which they believe is why he is so successful”, it appears they got that right, given Apple’s huge success and judging by his biography.
The document is 191 pages long, with most of it detailing his personal information and registration. It’s an interesting read. Perhaps not as entertaining at his official biography, but if you have a spare few hours, download a copy and have a look into when Steve Jobs was being considered for a government position.