An Egyptian official said on Wednesday morning that the Egyptian government had no intention of releasing accused spy Ilan Grapel during a visit by US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
, Army Radio reported. Grapel, a 27-year-old US-Israeli dual citizen, was detained in June on charges of spying for Israel.
The denial came as Egyptian media sources speculated Tuesday that Israel may release a number of Egyptian prisoners in exchange for the release of Grapel, A-Shams
reported. That report could not be confirmed, however.