Oct 3, 2011
An Egyptian official announced the expected release of the espionage agent named as Ilan Chaim Grapel, the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, reported on Sunday, saying that the US official, Leon Panetta, who will be travelling to Egypt next week, will take Grapel with him on his way back to the United States.
Grapel was arrested on June 12, while in possession of a laptop and three cell phones containing top secret information.
The 27-year-old was accused of collecting information about the developments in Egypt during the country’s popular revolution that toppled the pro-Israeli regime of the former dictator Hosni Mubarak.
He was also accused of inciting sectarian tensions among youths in the Egyptian capital, urging them to engage in clashes with the Egyptian security forces.
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