FBI file says Steve Jobs could ‘twist the truth and distort reality’

A 191-page file has been recently released by the government in response to Freedom of Information Act request, and it contains documents which provide a rather intriguing glimpse of the Apple's late founder and CEO Steve Jobs.

The documents form part of the background check which the FBI conducted on Jobs way back in the year 1991, when Jobs was being consider for a post in the White House, under the presidency of George H. W. Bush. Incidentally, the documents pertain to the time when Jobs had been sacked from Apple in 1991, and he moved to positions at Pixar and NeXT Computer.

The FBI pegged Jobs as an impatient and unlikable person, as is evident from the files which chiefly cover issues such as Jobs' possible drug use in the past; his somewhat litigious relationship with his employees; and a Top Secret government security clearance which was given to him in 1988 for some unspecified reason.

Noting that most of the people interviewed by the FBI during Jobs' background check made a mention of his prickly behavior, a USA Today report drew attention to the observation in the FBI documents which said: "Several individuals questioned Mr. Jobs' honesty stating that Mr. Jobs will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals."

With the interviewees largely describing Jobs as "strongwilled, stubborn, hardworking, and driven", Forbes' Philip Elmer-Dewitt has pointed out that though the FBI documents do not present a very "flattering picture" of Jobs, "it's nothing we haven't heard before"!