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Chelsea Manning Files for Maryland US Senate Seat

Chelsea Manning Files for Maryland US Senate Seat

Chelsea Manning, the former Army private imprisoned for leaking classified government documents, appears to be running for the U.S. Senate.

Manning filed her statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday. She is running as a Democrat and refers to Maryland as her "home state" on her website. 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.

In 2013, Manning was convicted for 35 years for the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history, which included military information about the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and State Department cables.

Then-president Barack Obama commuted Manning's sentence, leading to her release in May.

Reuters said Ms Manning did not immediately respond to requests for a comment.

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

It would be hard for Manning to wrest the Democratic nomination from incumbent Sen. It does not state on their website that anyone who has a criminal record can not run for U.S. Senate.

President Trump has been critical of Manning, once referring to her as an "ungrateful traitor". He represented the 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987-2007, when he first entered the Senate, replacing Paul S. Sarbanes, who retired. US officials said the material placed the lives of USA soldiers and Afghan informants at risk, but Manning said she had a duty to inform the public about how the USA was conducting its wars.

She was placed in solitary confinement after attempting suicide twice.

The case and Manning herself continue to be politically divisive in the United States.

Her actions made Manning a hero to anti-war and anti-secrecy activists but U.S. establishment figures branded her a traitor.

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

Information for this article was contributed by Katherine Shaver of The Washington Post. Ben Cardin in this year's election.


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