Steve Jobs' Morality Questioned; FBI Files Show He Could ‘Distort Reality... to Achieve His Goals’

 @KukilBora
on February 10 2012 8:04 AM
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs
The late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has always been cherished for his incredible creative genius. However, newly released files on the tech wizard by the FBI have revealed that some of his close confidants and associates did not have a positive opinion of him. Reuters/RIA Novosti

The late Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs, has always been cherished for his incredible creative genius. However, newly released files on the tech wizard by the FBI have revealed that some of his close confidants and associates did not have a positive opinion of him.

Thursday, the agency released a 191-page document on Jobs that was prepared in 1991 as he had to undergo a background investigation by the FBI for a White House appointment during the George H.W. Bush administration.

The document, which was made public through freedom of information laws and posted to the FBI's Web site, included more than 30 interviews of friends, neighbors, family, former business associates and Jobs himself. However, the FBI has redacted the names of the interviewees.

The document revealed Jobs' conversion to Buddhism, admissions of drug use and also concerns that the then-head of NeXT was neglecting his daughter born out of wedlock with his high school girlfriend, The Washington Post reported.

As per the document, the business genius graduated from Homestead High School in Cupertino, Calif., with a 2.65 GPA. He even admitted using marijuana and LSD while he was in college. However, he appeared to have stopped using drugs at least five years before the report was made.

According to the FBI report, Jobs admitted this in an interview to the FBI March 13, 1991.

One of the anonymous sources revealed that Jobs was a deceptive individual who is not completely forthright or honest and that he will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals.

Another individual, who was a business associate, blamed Jobs because he had not received lucrative stock he thought was due to him. However, he told the FBI that Jobs was an honest and trustworthy individual; however, his moral character is questionable.

Some of the sources, interviewed by the agency confirmed the hasty and stubborn style of Jobs, telling that he was very difficult to work with.

Despite the unfavorable comments garnered during the background check, Jobs was appointed to an unpaid post advising the president on export policy. The interviewees generally agreed that he was a strong business leader and would succeed in an appointment to Bush's Export Council.

According to one source, Jobs was not an engineer in the real sense, but an innovative force within the technical community.

The document also revealed that Jobs was the victim of a bomb threat in 1985. An anonymous man called Apple from a public telephone and said that he had placed devices at the homes of Jobs and others. The caller also demanded $1 million.

Following the call, law enforcement officials searched the suspected areas, but nothing was found.

To read the full document, click here.

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