The FBI file of Steven Paul Jobs


35 Responses to “The FBI file of Steven Paul Jobs”

  1. nixiebunny says:

     The Feds are on to the reality distortion field!

    • Cowicide says:

      It’s sad to see such an emphasis put on only the negative things said by disgruntled employees who didn’t received stock options they felt they were entitled to.

      In reality, the opinions conflicted.  Xeni failed to mention that another person said Jobs possessed “high moral character and integrity.”

      Also, how did you guys miss the part about the extortion attempt with bombs?


      By the way, I converted the PDF with OCR, etc. to a searchable PDF, so you too can find words like “bomb”, “horrible person”, etc. within the dossier.

      Get it while it’s hot:

  2. Sounds like Jobs stepped on a few toes.

  3. oldtaku says:

    It’s funny because it’s so deadpan and all so true?

  4. flux5000 says:

    The guy is dead ffs, cant people leave him alone? Have some respect.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      The thing about being a public figure is that people talk about you.  Even after you die.

      • Palomino says:

        Not true in all cases, look at poor Margaret Thatcher, still alive yet senile, and a movie about her life on the big screen, how disgusting is that? Thankfully,  it’s getting poor ratings, maybe because people feel the way I do. 

        Flux may be as irritated as me, so much stuff about Jobs surfaced within just a few days after his death. Now he’s not around to defend himself, his honor, his name. 

    • Raum187 says:

      Nah. Live by the Reality Distortion Field, die by the Reality Distortion Field

    • Jer_00 says:

      He’s dead.  It isn’t like anything anyone can say can hurt him.  Not that things people said about him hurt him much when he was alive either, really.

      Now if you wanted to say “the guy left behind four kids – leave his memory alone for a while ’cause they’re still mourning” that’s an argument I could get behind.

    • angusm says:

      “One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only the truth.” — Voltaire

  5. IamInnocent says:

    Interestingly, the rat’s name and reputation are preserved…

  6. PeterKVT80 says:

    Ways to write Macintosh:
    Page 47. “Mackintosh”
    Pages 54/89. “MacINTOSH”

  7. robuluz says:

    Young people, look away! Obviously most people who do marijuana and LSD end up dead on the street after being shanked by their pimp. Only occassionally do they go on to fundamentally influence technology and contemporary culture.

    • Raum187 says:

      I knew that would come up! Just because someone takes drugs does not mean they are immune from being an arse.

      (I want the government out of my head as much as the next boingboinger)

      • robuluz says:

        I think he was a massive arse, but his contribution to our current use of technology is pretty hard to ignore. I was just making a pithy comment about the war on drugs. Pithy, I say.

      • Palomino says:


        ~Just because someone doesn’t take drugs does not mean they are immune from being an arse.~ 

        Works both ways, it’s a great excuse for people who do stupid things to say they were on drugs or drunk at the time, it’s a socially accepted defense to assery. 

  8. Page 54: He concluded by saying that although he does not consider the Appointee to be a personal friend, he 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. 

  9. Ambiguity says:

    Smoked dope, dropped acid, and bent truth a bit to his own ends?

    I had no idea that Steve Jobs was so… normal.

  10. Don says:

     The informant’s name has 12 letters, for those who want to narrow the field of suspects.

  11. bklynchris says:

    Irony:take out Steve Jobs’ name and insert the name of any politician.  Of course, odds are politician’s are more prone to sexual pecadilloes than drug use.  The only difference being, I doubt Jobs had designs on any political appointment.

  12. idiosynchronic says:

    Don: s-t-e-v-e-w-o-z-n-i-a-k ?

    I think Woz walks on water – I doubt he was an informant.  He simply complied with an FBI request to be interviewed, like most of us would.  I suppose I could ask next month when he’ll be in town for a lecture.

  13. Palomino says:

    Wait, was Jobs headhunted or actively seeking this role? There’s a huge difference. 

  14. void_ptr says:

    Uh, Jobs’s SSN is visible for 10 pages on the bottom of the “Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions” form (page 8-17). Not exactly expertly redacted.

  15. petsounds says:

    So the first part is U.S. form SF-86. This is a form you fill out to provide background information when you are applying for a “sensitive position” within the U.S. government. I assume Jobs filled this out to be considered for a Presidential cabinet role. But it’s possible that Ross Perot, who was a major investor in NeXT (which Steve was President of at the time), was trying to convince Jobs to run with him on his ticket for the 1992 campaign. I’m not sure whether Presidential candidates have to fill out SF-86 or not.

    Form SF-86 is still in use today, albeit much longer:

    Interesting to note: question 30a on the SF-86 form Jobs filled out asks, “Have you ever been a member, officer, or employee of the Communist Party?” The version of the form Jobs used was last revised in 1987, so I suppose Communists were still the villian du jour. In the latest version of the form this question is gone, but instead there are questions about involvement in hacking systems and involvement in terrorist groups. I imagine soon they’ll revise it to include protesting.

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