FBI releases file on the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs to the public


The FBI released a 191-page file on the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs on Thursday, which includes details of a federal background check, a bomb threat, and second-hand reports of drug use, ABC News reported

The file was released under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, and contains information about a 1991 background investigation of Jobs conducted when he was being considered  for an appointment to President George H.W. Bush's White House Export Council. It also has information regarding a bomb threat that targeted Jobs and other Apple employees in 1985, according to ABC.

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Though he did not get appointed to the White House, many still recommended him for the position, Gawker reported. As the report put it, "[T]he Appointee has what it takes to assume a high level political position within the Government, which in his opinion, honesty and integrity are not prerequisites to assume such a position."

Several individuals interviewed commented on Jobs' drug use, which included, by his own admission, the use of LSD while he was in school, Wired reported. Others were quoted in the file as saying that "Mr. Jobs will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals," Gawker reported. 

More than 29 people were interviewed, including colleagues, neighbors and acquaintances, whose names are blacked out in the document, Wired reported. Though the FBI interviewed several Apple employees, the report noted that “the Apple Computer Company has been less than cooperative, in terms of providing assistance as requested of the Legal Department.”

Steve Jobs also had a top secret security clearance, according to the file. He received it in 1988, and it was terminated in 1990. Though the records don't make it clear why he received it, the "employing agency" associated with the clearance was Pixar, Gawker reported. 

Many of the themes in the report have already been examined in “Steve Jobs,” Walter Isaacson’s biography of the Apple founder and CEO, who died of pancreatic cancer in October 2011, but the report adds some details, ABC points out. 

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