FBI releases Steve Jobs' background check: What's inside

FBI releases Steve Jobs' background check: What's inside

Summary: Steve Jobs' background check with the FBI has just been released under a Freedom of Information Act request. Jobs was being considered by the George H. W. Bush administration for a position in the President's Export Council.

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The FBI has released under a Freedom of Information Act request a background check performed on Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died in October last year.

The background check was done because Jobs was being considered for the U.S. President's Export Council, a group of industry and business leaders who offer advise and expertise on how best to promote exports, according to the White House.

While most of the text is bureaucracy and jargon baffling to most, the background check offers a fascinating insight into what Steve Jobs was like, who he was like as a man, and even his views on politics and his fellow person.

You can also take a read for yourself. The document is hosted by the FBI. Below are the details of his background check with the bureaucracy removed.

Page 38: "Twist the truth" and "distort reality"

Page 57: Not showing co-operation

Page 66: Steve Jobs' "initial lack of support" for child

Page 79: Jobs wasn't very academic

Page 132--133: Clean as a whistle, gets on well with others

Page 137: Details of his Presidential appointment

Page 163: More details of his Presidential appointment

Page 184--186: An extortion attempt

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Topics: Government US, Apple, Government

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  • What a nasty individual

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    toddybottom_z
    • I agree.. What kind of bozo goes around making bomb threats?

      @toddybottom_z... Nasty indeed! Still it would seem Steve handled it well:)

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
      • RE: FBI releases Steve Jobs' background check: What's inside

        @James Quinn Ha, I see what you did there.
        statuskwo5
      • As well as he handled his

        @James Quinn
        responsibility to his child.
        William Farrel
      • RE: FBI releases Steve Jobs' background check: What's inside

        @James Quinn

        You mean he called the police?

        People always give Jobs more credit than he is due....
        danjames2012
      • That depends on what his child has to say now does it not?

        @William Farrel ... Everyone one is flawed and everyone has strengths. Did Job's make a mistake early on with his daughter you bet... Still what is important to me is how they ended up being towards each other and how it ended what with Steve being dead and all. Is she and has she been well taken cared of? How does she feel about the sum total of her relationship with her father? To be honest my bio dad was a horror. My step dad an abusive alcoholic and my third dad a born gain Christian and I liked him the least! I would not know my bio dad if I ran him over in my car unless i bothered to check his license then I'd get back in my car and back over him. So to my way of thinking having Steve Jobs as a initially reluctant dad but in the end excepting me as his child would be WAY OK and I'd be so much better of then I was or am:)<br><br>Pagan jim
        James Quinn
      • As I read the report he told the guy/gal that he was

        @danjames2012 ..not going to pay and that he did not think their was a legitimate threat. As I understand the sequence of events that means "IF" the guy/gal had put bombs in his house/car he could have in theory set them off.

        Pagan jim
        James Quinn
      • RE: FBI releases Steve Jobs' background check: What's inside

        [i]What a nasty individual[/i]

        It's always easy to go after the dead. Isn't it, troll?
        ScorpioBlue
  • RE: FBI releases Steve Jobs' background check: What's inside

    Deadbeat dad. Twists the truth to achieve goals. 2.65 GPA. Made more money than he deserved. Sounds like a typical sales guy.
    lippidp
    • Depends on what his daughter has to say about him.. Not so much you.

      @lippidp.. As I said above I'd switch situations with her in a NY minute!!!! As for making more money then he deserved? Well that is a very subjective opinion and kind of the American dream:)

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
      • RE: FBI releases Steve Jobs' background check: What's inside

        @James Quinn <br>Man oh man you will do anything to support your idol. Unconditional love for a man you didn't know? You need therapy.

        Sorry. I just read your post about all your dads. Maybe Jobs is like the father you never had and that's understandable.
        lippidp
      • Did you know Steve Jobs if not then how do you explian

        @lippidp ... the comment you made that I responded to and several others I've seen on Apple articles right here on ZDnet? What emotional connection do you have to this subject? As for my reply to you tell me what in it is not true and logical? Does it not depend on the relationship he and she had at the end rather than the begining? I know a lot of LOUSY parents who never denied their child legitimacy but were horrors as parents and some even took part in some cases by neglect or out right killing of their children. As for the American Dream it is soooooo to take in more than one deserves heck that is what the entire American economy was based on for a century or more now! And again it is subjective. Please present a counter argument if you can I'm waiting:)

        <br><br>Pagan jim
        James Quinn
      • RE: FBI releases Steve Jobs' background check: What's inside

        @lippidp
        +1
        toddybottom_z
    • RE: FBI releases Steve Jobs' background check: What's inside

      @lippidp Except that's not how it played out, is it? Do you even know the relationship status of Jobs and his daughter as of the last 10 years?

      No, you don't, because being an asshole doesn't require you to have a clue, does it?
      His_Shadow
      • RE: FBI releases Steve Jobs' background check: What's inside

        @His_Shadow
        Well, if he turned it around with his daughter that's good. I hope she and the mother have forgiven him and it's none of my business. All I know is that in the beginning he didn't do the right thing and that says something about him at that time in his life.
        lippidp
      • The key being

        @lippidp... long since past. It's like when I'm dating a gal and she wants to share with me all her past mistakes I tell her I don't need to know cause that was in the past and what is important to me is who she is now not what she might have been in the past. And that is the truth.<br><br>Pagan jim
        James Quinn
    • RE: FBI releases Steve Jobs' background check: What's inside

      @lippidp +1
      Unidestello
  • RE: FBI releases Steve Jobs' background check: What's inside

    @Lipdic...(ahaa...spelling suggestion, I'll keep it)
    Man oh man you will do anything to hate your bogeyman. Irrational fear for a man you didn't know? You need therapy.
    frogspaw
    • RE: FBI releases Steve Jobs' background check: What's inside

      @frogspaw
      Fear? I never feared him. I just thought he was an awful liar based on, well, the lies he told at his product launches. I also believe he was manipulative. I usually don't idolize liars and manipulators and it bothers me that so many of you do. It speaks to the decline of Western civilization, and THAT's what bugs me the most. Why can't anyone succeed in business by being honest and trustworthy?
      lippidp
      • Please explain these lie's? I can't recall being lied too but

        @lippidp... If you have actual proof of said please present said. Still don't think I will take your word for it. Given your history it is obvious you have an emotional bias related to Apple and or Steve Jobs. I don't recall you on MS and or Android sights pointing out lies told. Nor can I recall you on Ford, or GM sights posting their long history of stretching the truth. It seems only Apple. What about Exxon?

        Pagan jim
        James Quinn