Ilan Grapel, the man Egypt arrested for alleged espionage, met with a number of journalists and
intellectuals in cafes in central Cairo prior to his arrest, Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm reported Tuesday.
He reportedly had bought an
Egyptian flag, and joined protesters in Cairo's central Tahrir Square,
the site of heavy protests that led to the ouster of former Egyptian
president Hosni Mubarak, Al-Masry Al-Youm said.
The man Egypt alleged is an Israeli spy was reportedly contacted by the
Mossad upon entry into Egypt to collect information on the Muslim
Brotherhood, Coptic Christians, and the Supreme Council of armed youth
in the in the so-called January 25 revolution
Grapel allegedly asked protesters directly what they sought to achieve in the protests, and incited them against the Egyptian military council.