Yes the FBI was investigating Steve Jobs. Okay no not really but the federal bureau of investigation recently released its 191 page file on Steve Jobs which consists of background information and even shows a bomb threat made against him in 1985.
The FBI collected Steve’s background information when he was considered for an appointment to the White House.
We’re still reading the files, but here’s a taste, from a memo summarizing the background investigation:
Several individuals commented concerning past drug use on the part of Mr. Jobs.
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 [redacted] (the mother of his child born out of wedlock) and their daughter; however, recently has become supportive.
[Redacted] advised that he has been acquainted with Mr. Jobs since [redacted]. He characterized Mr. Jobs as a deceptive individual who who is not completely forthright and honest.
[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.
They further stated that Mr. Jobs has integrity as long as he gets his way.
She stated she was somewhat reluctant to discuss the Appointee since she has questions concerning his ethics and his morality.
I’ve read the files from a lot of background FBI investigations; it’s pretty rare in my experience that this much derogatory information gets dredged up. Often the agents only interview employers and people who are suggested by the candidate. It’s obviously unclear who these quoted folks are, but if they were among the people Jobs referred the agents to, then he didn’t know his friends very well.