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FBI releases records on Steve Jobs


08:39, February 10, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Thursday released its background check files on late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

According to the 191-file accessible online through the FBI's records vault, most of the information was compiled years before Jobs introduced Apple's iconic products like iPhone. One was in 1991 when Jobs was considered for an appointment on George H.W. Bush's president export council and another is an investigation of a bomb threat against Apple in 1985.

Most of the information in the records echoes the reports around Jobs over the years and his official biography by Walter Isaacson. Parts of the file are redacted, including names of interviewees and some anecdotes about Jobs' supposed self-absorbed nature.

"Several individuals questioned Mr. Jobs' honesty stating that Mr. Jobs will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals," according to the file.

"(Redacted) advised that he is no longer friends with Mr. Jobs. He feels bitter toward and alienated by Mr. Jobs based on his association with Mr. Jobs at ACI. He characterized Mr. Jobs as an honest and trustworthy individual, however, his moral character is questionable," said the file.

Although some people criticized the Apple co-founder in the interview, they still recommended him for the appointment. "(H)e believed the 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," said the records.

Meanwhile, the file showed that Jobs kept the FBI interviews waiting, saying that he could not meet them even for an hour over three weeks.


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Brandt Hardin at 2012-02-10204.180.232.*
Steve Jobs changed the entire world with his visionary outset and revamping of wireless media and communications. I think it"s a shame we"re nitpicking the details of his life so soon after his passing. He’ll be a name which rings out through history for evolving the way we live, share and communicate.

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