Steve Jobs Fears Kidnappers, Praises Drug Use in Newly De-Classified Pentagon Documents
The 1988 application for Top Secret clearance may have been related to the Apple CEO's purchase of Pixar.
The late, visionary Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs was once worried that his daughter might be kidnapped and held for ransom. This according to a Department of Defense document obtained by Wired magazine.
The form -- a questionnaire filled out by Jobs in 1988 during a routine screening for Top Secret government security clearance -- also contains revelations about his drug use and admission of an arrest for a minor crime.
One question asks the applicant to state any reasons they might be vulnerable to potential blackmailers. In his response, the Apple executive states he has an illegitimate daughter -- Lisa Brenan, born to his then-high school girlfriend in 1978 -- and that “the type of blackmail or threat that could be made against me would be if someone kidnapped [her].”
Jobs writes that a blackmailer in that instance would be seeking out money, and "not because I may have access to classified Top Secret material or documents."
An arrest for an outstanding speeding ticket in his youth was so minor (he didn't do any jail time for it) that Jobs didn't think it necessary to mention in an earlier interview.
“I had no intentions of falsifying my [Personnel Security Questionnaire] for not listing this incident and did not think of the above incident at the time of answering the PSQ,” Jobs writes.
The signed statement also contains a passage in which Jobs details his experiences with acid.
“I used LSD from approximately 1972 to 1974," Jobs says. "Throughout that period of time I used the LSD approximately ten to fifteen times. I would ingest the LSD on a sugar cube or in a hard form of gelatin. I would usually take the LSD when I was by myself. I have no words to explain the effect the LSD had on me, although, I can say it was a positive life changing experience for me and I am glad I went through that experience.”
Jobs also acknowledges having smoked marijuana with friends and eating it in pot brownies, writing, “The best way I would describe the effect of the marijuana and the hashish is that it would make me relaxed and creative."
It's not entirely clear why Jobs had applied for Top Security clearance in 1988. But according to Walter Isaacson's 2011 biography, Steve Jobs, Jobs' acquisition of Pixar in 1986 required security clearance because the computer animation studio held a number of contracts with government intelligence agencies that required them to to render information gathered by satellities and spy planes.