Chelsea Manning: Ex-army leaker to run for United States senate

Chelsea Manning has filed to run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland

Chelsea Manning has filed to run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland

Chelsea Manning, the transgender US Army soldier who served seven years in military prison for leaking classified data, is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination for the US Senate seat from Maryland, according to Federal election filings seen on Saturday.

According to federal election filings, Manning will look to challenge Democrat Benjamin L Cardin, who is now serving his second term as senator.

Keeping an eye on will keep running against Sen. Incumbent Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin, 74, has not yet announced he would seek a third term in the Senate.

President Barack Obama commuted Manning's sentence in January 2017.

Keeping an eye on has been dynamic in pushing for LGBT and different causes since being discharged not long ago.


The revelations by Manning, who is transgender and was then known as Bradley Manning, exposed covered-up misdeeds and possible crimes by USA troops and allies.

Since her release Manning has remained active on social media, and has continued to discuss issues such as government transparency, free speech and transgender rights. Todd Eberly, a political science professor at St. Mary's College in Maryland, told The Washington Post that with a newcomer like Trump becoming president, the doors to politics have been opened wider and could allow the likes of Manning.

Following her release, Harvard University offered Manning a Kennedy School visiting fellowship along with several other people, including former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook. The school caused an outcry, though, after it rescinded the offer following a protest by CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

She was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Despite her criminal record, can she run for U.S. Senate? "And I realize now that that's OK".

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