Chelsea Manning filed to run for US Senate

Pauline Gross
January 14, 2018

A transgender former Army intelligence who rose to national prominence for leaking sensitive information to Wikileaks has taken steps to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland.

The Federal Election Commission website shows a January 11 filing for "Chelsea Manning for U.S. Senate" with the party affiliation registered as Democrat - suggesting a primary challenge for Cardin. Now it looks like she'll be running for Senate.

Manning is one of four Democratic candidates who have filed to run for Senate in Maryland. Cardin has an approval rate of 50 percent, according to the latest figures cited by the Baltimore Sun, and will face Manning and three other candidates in the upcoming primary.

Manning was sent to prison after a 2013 espionage conviction for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks.

The day after Manning filed her candidacy, the television network Showtime announced that later this year it would air a documentary called "XY Chelsea" that follows her release from prison.

Manning declined to speak about her filing or to say why she might be running when reached at her home in Bethesda on Saturday.

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Known as Bradley Manning at the time of her 2010 arrest, Manning came out as transgender after being sentenced.

When another Twitter user criticized Manning's diatribe on police last week and said "have fun never voting again", she responded that she was registered to vote despite her criminal record: "state of maryland doesnt disenfranchise".

It would be hard for Manning to wrest the Democratic nomination from incumbent Sen.

"My initial thought quite literally was, 'Donald Trump is president, Oprah Winfrey is the leading contender for Democrats in 2020, why the hell not Chelsea Manning in the U.S. Senate?'" he said.

During her incarceration Manning battled for, and won, the right to start hormone treatment.

Last year, Manning, who said she leaked the documents to spark a debate about United States military and foreign policy, was offered a spot as a visiting fellow at Harvard University. Ben Cardin in this year's election.

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