Chelsea Manning is running for Maryland's Senate

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

Chelsea Manning, a transgender former Army intelligence analyst convicted of leaking classified documents, has filed to run for the U.S. Senate.

Manning declared her intentions January 5 with the Federal Election Commission, which posted the document on its website Thursday. Manning, who was assigned male at birth but identifies as a woman, ended her strike after the Army complied with her request.

The 30-year-old would be taking on the incumbent Ben Cardin, a 74-year-old Democrat who has held the seat for more than a decade.


Manning was convicted in 2013 by a military tribunal under the Espionage and Computer Fraud and Abuse Acts for releasing over 700,000 documents to WikiLeaks.

The election document lists Manning's address as that of a luxury apartment tower in North Bethesda. Manning's sentence was controversially commuted by President Barack Obama in 2017 after Manning had served seven years of a 35-year sentence. Cardin is Maryland's senior USA senator.

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

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