FBI file: Steve Jobs a 'driven, reality distorter'

Comments gathered in 1991 in connection with possible appointment by President Bush

A newly released FBI file on Steve Jobs paints a portrait of a driven, complex individual with a "tendency to distort reality" to achieve his goals.

The file, amassed in 1991 when President George H.W. Bush was considering Jobs for a seat on the President's Export Council, reveals nothing about the late Apple co-founder not extensively explored in the 2011 biography of Jobs by Walter Isaacson.

At the time, Jobs -- who had been ousted from Apple and was working as president of NeXT Inc. -- had vacated his house at 460 Mountain Home Road in Woodside, where he lived from 1984 to July 1990, and was planning to marry, the report said.

Jobs checked "no" to questions on whether he had ever been arrested for a felony or drug or alcohol offense, or had been member of the Communist Party.

He also answered "no" to the question of whether he had used marijuana, cocaine, narcotics of hallucinogens in the past five years, though Jobs was an enthusiast of hallucinogens, according to the Isaacson book.

FBI agents reported that "several individuals commented concerning past drug use on the part of Mr. Jobs," and "several individuals questioned Mr. Jobs' honesty stating that Mr. Jobs will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals.

"They also commented that in the past, Mr. Jobs was not supportive of (the mother of his child born out of wedlock) and their daughter; however, he recently has become more supportive."

— Palo Alto Weekly staff


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Posted by gunste
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Feb 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm

So Steve Jobs was a brilliant guy with vision and very competent, but he had some typical personality traits widely found among all of us.
What this release suggests, that we should have FBI files published on every person running for national office, especially Congress and President. Then we will know what we can select from pretty well researched facts- not what they try to tell us and hide from us.

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Posted by The Woodpecker
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Feb 12, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I tall guy with his ever present camera views himself as some sort of a political savant but in actuality is a mere dilettante. He too is suffering from reality distortion

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Posted by PRICKLY
a resident of another community
on Feb 14, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Most all of you are jealous of him. He's dead. Attack a cocaine snorting brilliant singer.

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Posted by Watcher
a resident of another community
on Feb 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I'm not jealous of him at all. I knew him and that was enough NOT to be jealous of him. We can disrespect a recently deceased singer who was an addict AND criticize a man who deserves criticism. After all, when you rip off your partner and treat people like garbage, even if you make a lot of money for many people, you open yourself up to the opining of others.

Huh, maybe you're just jealous that that cocaine addict singer had so much success?

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Posted by WELLES
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on Feb 18, 2012 at 1:46 pm

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