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Steve Jobs FBI investigation questioned Apple founder's integrity

jobssteve021012_optBY BOB HOLT

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 191-page file on Steve Jobs didn’t break any new ground on the late Apple CEO’s public image, but cites interviews with people who questioned his honesty.

The files came from FBI interviews with people who knew Jobs. They were released after a Freedom of Information Act request.

ZDNet reported that the FBI put together a file on Jobs in 1991 after President George H.W. Bush appointed Jobs to the Presidents Export Council. Over 24 people were interviewed in the background check, and said Jobs was a worthy presidential adviser. One person commented, "...honesty and integrity are not required qualities to hold the position."

Jobs admitted to casual drug use, but told the FBI he hadn’t used any illegal drugs in the five years prior to 1991, according to Bloomberg. The agency report said he experimented with marijuana, hashish and LSD from 1970 to 1974.

Opinions were mixed on Jobs throughout the files. Some people interviewed by the FBI said Jobs had “high moral character and integrity,” while others said he “possesses integrity as long as he gets his way.”

According to, in 1985, Jobs and three other Apple employees were targeted by a bomb threat. A person claimed to have put explosives in the homes of Jobs and the three other employees. The threat, asking for $1 million, was never paid, and the caller was not located. The call came from a hotel by the San Francisco Airport Hilton.

Comments (1)
1 Friday, 10 February 2012 21:13
The Public
Well, no one has commented yet, so I guess you all are afraid that your "freedom of speeh" will get you into trouble with the FBI? I find no problem with Steve Jobs being investigated. Obviously he passed the test, or he would not have been given the "job!" He was going to be put in an important possition by President George H. W. Bush, so why wouldn't he be investigated? As to his drug use, who was the PRESIDENT who tried marijuana, but "didn't inhale?" You might as well investigate the whole Congress on this question. I wonder who would pass the lie detector test on this one question!!!

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