Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Chelsea Manning takes steps to run for US Senate in Maryland

Chelsea Manning takes steps to run for US Senate in Maryland

Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who was convicted in 2013 of leaking a trove of classified documents, has filed paperwork to run for a U.S. Senate seat in Maryland.

Chelsea Manning, the former Army private convicted of sharing classified government documents with Wikileaks, has filed to run for U.S Senate in Maryland.

Manning, 30, is running as a Democrat, which means she would challenge Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on.

Just before leaving office last January, President Obama commuted her sentence to time served, and she was released from the maximum-security prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

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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.

Manning was arrested in 2010 after she gave Wikileaks nearly 75,000 documents related to the war efforts in the Middle East and information about Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

"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 US Senate?'" he said.

Through Sept. 30, Cardin had just under $2 million in his campaign account. Manning did not immediately return CNN's request for comment Saturday.

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Conservative news outlet Red Maryland first reported Manning's candidacy. "On Tuesday, which was National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, she stirred controversy when she tweeted ". the police", and then, "police kill hundreds of people every year with absolute impunity".

She has written about transgender rights and bullying in columns published on the website Medium.

Manning wrote on Twitter in September that she was barred from entering Canada due to criminal convictions in the United States and posted an image of a document. The general election is November 6.

Manning has now gone from prison to U.S. senatorial candidate in less than a year during which she often made headlines, as the fame and infamy she gained by leaking a trove of classified documents follows her after release.

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