Suspicious Health Records for Steve Jobs Surface

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Images alleging to be from Apple CEO Steve Jobs's personal medical records have begun circulating around the Internet, and claim to show that his health is far worse than Apple is revealing. The likelihood that the images are legit, however, is small considering the number of inconsistencies observers have found.

The medical images claim that Mr. Jobs is suffering from HIV. They appeared on the Wikileaks Web site several days ago along with a detailed analysis of the image inconsistencies.

Both of the images appear legit on first glance, but several discrepancies seem to show they are fake. Some text, for example, looks out of perspective with the rest of the documents, and some dates don't seem to match.

The Wikileaks entry added "As Apple Inc's stock price depends in part on the health of Mr. Jobs, stock speculators are motivated to introduce information critical of Mr. Jobs health. Due to the contradictory dates, possible evidence of forgery, strong motivations for fabrication, and few motivations for a legitimate revelation, the images should not be taken at face value."

 

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felixgardian

This is completely ridiculous. Yes, I realize that this is the age of information and the intrawebs. But that someone would actually a) create counterfeit health record information for personal gain or b) disclose health record information for personal gain is completely fucking amoral.

You sir or sirs or madam or madams who did that, I hope you die in a fire for your wealth gain.

Intruder

Not to mention libelous.

Photodan

Anyone who trades based on Internet rumor gets what they deserve. I also have a feeling that the FTC might have something to say to the person who posted the bogus information.

-Dan

Tiger

Well, there are consequences even if any of it’s real, which I sincerely doubt.

If they have it, it’s stolen property.

If they posted it, it’s trafficking in stolen property.

The man’s right to privacy with regards to his medical records should be protected at all cost. That, or post EVERYONE’s on the Internet. What good is equality and justice if it isn’t protected for all American citizens?

maclover

firstly, why would he be seeing a transplant surgeon…. secondly, the hiv pcr can be a FALSE POSITIVE meaning that he does not have HIV/AIDS. Let me see an HIV viral load, then we’d know…

geoduck

“As Apple Inc’s stock price depends in part on the health of Mr. Jobs, stock speculators are motivated to introduce information critical of Mr. Jobs health. Due to the contradictory dates, possible evidence of forgery, strong motivations for fabrication, and few motivations for a legitimate revelation, the images should not be taken at face value.”

So WikiLeaks had good reason to believe the documents were fakes and published them anyway.

I wonder if this makes them liable? Accomplices? Negligent?

The sad part is that I’m sure someone will sue Apple over the posting of these fake documents.

Dr. CA.

I would like to point out that there is such compelling evidence that this is an abhorant attempt to manipulate Apple and/or to get some credence out of bad news placed in poor taste.

First of all, if the document was true and Mr. Jobs had AIDS, he would have a few findings that would have been obvious before the diagnosis of Pancreatic cancer.  First, the HAART treatment options provide the gateway for pancreatic disease and sequelae, but signs of HAART problems would have manifested themselves earlier.  For example, all triple therapies from Norvir to the present, deposit fat in areas that are impossible to treat.  Truncal and abdominal obesity would be evident from at least 4 years of treatment.  Not to mention other areas of edema, ie. the face. Additionally, if Mr. Jobs had AIDS, the pancreatic cancer that we are discussing would be part of a Kaposis sarcoma complex.  To have intraorgan Kaposis sarcoma without evidence of facial lesions would be, to say the least, unusual..

If this should turn out to be true, I think that something would need to be done about the privacy issues before we can expect to excel with our electronic medical records.  If this is a fake, which I believe it is, that person should really feel disgusted about pulling such a hoax.  It is neither funny nor safe to treat another human being like this.

Dr. CA.

cfoxy

I find this latest piece of muck-raking distasteful and very worrying.  I sincerely hope that the SEC will investigate and clamp the offender in irons and place him/her in prison for a considerable length of time.  Steve Jobs and his family deserve the privacy and time needed to cope with whatever illness he may have as well shown some basic humanity from the those in the media who are in a feeding frenzy over his illness.  Perhaps, they need to reflect upon how they would like to be treated under similar circumstances.  Can we have no more speculation about this matter and concentrate on the contribution Steve Jobs has made to the Mac community over the past 25 years. 

Chris

sxotto

I’m a print and web publisher, with a strong print history. In that world we would be ashamed to even post this drivel and for that matter could be sued for it, and rightfully so.

This rumor can spread here because of the ill-advised Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which dispensed with 500 years of libel law and the rules of civil discourse that grew out of it.

I know this is terribly old fashioned, but I suggest Mac Observer and other such sites could take the high ground by actually practicing real journalism and confirming this junk before giving it space.

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