Freescale Semiconductor, the technology company, has not said much since 20 of its employees disappeared along with Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 earlier this month.
Officials at the Austin, Texas-based company had no public response when asked by the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, according to a report.
“Out of respect for the families’ privacy during this difficult time, we will not be releasing the names of the employees who were on board the flight at this time,” Freescale spokeswoman Jacey Zuniga told the paper.
Twenty Freescale employees–12 from Malaysia and eight from China–were among the 239 people on board the plane.
Mitch Haws, Freescale’s vice president, said earlier this month that the employees were involved in various projects at the company. The loss sent shockwaves though the company of about 17,000, according to the Statesman.
“These were people with a lot of experience and technical background and they were very important people, ” Haws said. “It’s definitely a loss for the company.”
Over the past several weeks, there’s been conspiracy theories saying that the Rothschild banking clan took down Flight MH 370 to “gain rights to a semiconductor patent.” However, there’s little-to-no evidence that supports this claim.
According to hoax-debunking site Snopes.com, “the patent in question is dated 11 March 2014 and involves a ‘system for optimizing number of dies produced on a wafer.’ That doesn’t sound like a highly valuable, ‘breakthrough’ type of patent that would prompt the murder of four people (much less the death of 235 other innocent parties) in order to gain exclusive control of it. It looks to be a patent for a procedure that moderately improves the efficiency of a particular manufacturing process, not something with a huge market base and a vast potential for profit.”