الخميس، 9 فبراير، 2012

FBI releases dossier on Steve Jobs 2012





The FBI on Thursday made public a dossier on late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs , disclosing details on his reported drug use and ability to "distort reality."


The files, released under a Freedom of Information Act request, were gathered for investigations into a potential presidential appointment by George H.W. Bush and a bomb threat against Apple.

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


The former Apple CEO held a legendary corporate status that included a talent dubbed his "reality distortion field" ability to convince people of the truth as he saw it. It was widely considered part of his unusual marketing genius at Apple.

Interviews with people who knew Jobs also disclosed information about his drug use, according to the FBI documents.

"During the 1960s and early 1970s, Mr. Jobs may have experimented with illegal drugs, having come from that generation," said a person whose name was redacted from the file.

Jobs was also seenas something of a counterculture corporate rebel. He was a big fan of Bob Dylan , who dated folk musician Joan Baez , who also reportedly dated Jobs briefly.

Jobs was a card-carrying member of a generation that celebrated a hippie counterculture. An unidentified FBI interviewee stated, "Mr. Jobs used illegal drugs, including marijuana and LSD, while they were attending college."

The FBI files were in part a moral character background check. To that end, interviews were conducted with people who initially said Jobs was "not supportive" of Chris Ann Brennan, the mother of his daughter Lisa, who was born out of wedlock. Those people later said of Jobs that "recently he has become more supportive."

Jobs dated Brennan, who gave birth to Lisa Brennan-Jobs in 1978. Jobs denied paternity for years but later acknowledged Lisa as his daughter. It's widely thought Jobs named the Apple Lisa computer after her. That device, which employed a user interface aimed at businesses, was a predecessor of the Macintosh.

Jobs married Laurene Powell in 1991; their children are Reed, Erin and Eve. He died last October after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Apple did not respond to requests for comment on this story

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