Chelsea Manning Has Filed To Run For The US Senate In Maryland

Chelsea Manning, convicted of leaking military documents, files candidacy to challenge Sen. Ben Cardin

Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who spent several years in prison for leaking classified information, has filed to run as a Democratic candidate for Senate in Maryland. Ben Cardin, now serving his second term.

According to an FEC statement of candidacy form dated Thursday, Manning has filed to run as Democrat in the 2018 midterm elections, challenging incumbent Sen. Her lawyers at the ACLU said that Manning served more time behind bars than any other whistleblower in US history, and under hard conditions.

Manning came out publicly as transgender in 2013, shortly after being convicted on 20 charges including violations of the Espionage Act, theft and computer fraud. At the time, Manning was a 22-year-old United States Army private named Bradley Manning, and she served seven years of a 35-year sentence.

Manning continued, "And I struggled with that, but the intention was very much like, 'This is about improving the country".

She has been lauded as a whistleblower by some and condemned as a traitor by others for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified government documents to WikiLeaks in 2010 while still known as Pte. Manning did not immediately return CNN's request for comment Saturday.

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