Picked up by Gawker, the FBI’s file on Steve Jobs was put together in two parts – the first after a hoax bomb threat made against him in 1985, and the second relating to an appointment to a post on the President’s Export Council under George Bush Senior’s administration.
“Steven Paul Jobs (1955-2011) was a founder and leader of Apple Inc. (formerly Apple Computer Inc.). In 1991, Jobs was considered for an appointed position on the U.S. President’s Export Council. This release consists of the FBI’s 1991 background investigation of Jobs for that position and a 1985 investigation of a bomb threat against Apple,” according to the FBI.
As Gawker points out, there seem to be plenty of interviews with people with negative things to say about Jobs. He is described as a “deceptive individual” by one interviewee, of “questionable” moral character by another and one says she has “questions concerning his ethics and his morality”.
The report relating to bomb threats makes for interesting reading – though much of the documentation is hand-written and near illegible to our eyes, we gather that on 7 February 1985 – 27 years ago almost exactly – a male caller made a series of phone calls to Apple Computer and said that devices had been placed in the homes of three individuals, one of whom was Jobs.
The caller demanded that $1 million should be paid and if the authorities were informed he would set off a fourth device, which he declined to name the loaction of. However, it subsequently turned out to be a hoax.
On a first reading through the rest of the document there are plenty of things revealed that we know already – that Jobs experimented with drugs, he and a girlfriend had a child born out of wedlock, that he was “an extremely bright and competent individual”.
We’ll continue to pore over the file and should we find anything new or unusual, we’ll report back.