The FBI has released its files on Apple boss Steve Jobs, revealing how questions were raised about his honesty and integrity.
In 1991, Jobs was considered for an appointed position on George W Bush’s Export Council. The 191-page document, released under the Freedom of Information Act, consists of the FBI’s background investigation into Jobs, including interviews with dozens of people who knew him.
And he doesn’t come out of it terribly well.
“Several individuals commented concerning past drug use on the part of Mr Jobs,” it reads.
“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, recently he has become more supportive.”
Another interviewee said his personal life was inadequate due to his ‘narcissism and shallowness’.
His previous bosses at ACI, though, were more positive – or less perceptive: “They offered favorable comments concerning Mr Jobs’ character, reputation, associates and loyalty. They are unaware of any illegal drug abuse or alcohol abuse by Mr Jobs and they have never observed Mr Jobs express any bias or prejudice,” apparently.
And it seems that, despite all these criticisms, nobody felt that Jobs should be barred from high office.
“It was [name redacted’s] opinion that honesty and integrity are not required to hold such a position,” the file reveals.