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McCain's Visit to Syria is 'High Treason'

Last month, Republican senators pressed the U.S. president for a military attack against Syria. Obama said using chemical weapons by Syria would be a red line that, if crossed, would prompt the U.S. into direct action.

Scott Rickard on Press TV
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(TEHRAN Press TV) - Former U.S. Intelligence Linguist Scott Rickard says Senator John McCain’s visit to Syria is “high treason” as Washington does not have relations with Damascus more than a year.

“John McCain’s visit to Syria is another clear indication of U.S. military and intelligence involvement in Syria”, he said in a phone interview with Press TV.

“This is yet another extremely reckless, extremely irresponsible move by American politicians or diplomats”, Rickard added.

“These are the kinds of activities that you had in Libya with Ambassador Stevens … he was not acting as a diplomat, he was acting as an arms dealer.”

“This is high treason. You’re crossing the border of a country that pulled out your embassy. We cancelled our embassy there in February of last year. So for over a year we don’t even have diplomatic relations with Syria”, the analyst said.

McCain made a surprise visit to Syria on Monday and met with militants fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad amid American officials’ efforts to beef up their military aid to foreign-backed armed groups in the country.

The Arizona Republican made the trip from Turkey into Syria alongside Gen. Salam Idris.

Last month, Republican senators pressed the U.S. president for a military attack against Syria. Obama said using chemical weapons by Syria would be a red line that, if crossed, would prompt the U.S. into direct action.

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