Chelsea Manning files to run for US Senate in Maryland

Chelsea Manning, a former Army private jailed for passing government documents onto WikiLeaks, has filed to run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland.

Manning is set to run as a Democrat in the upcoming November elections, which puts her up against Sen. Ben Cardin, according to the filings first reported by the Washington Post.

Cardin, a Democrat, is Marylandโ€™s senior senator and has already served two terms.

The 30-year-old whistle blower in 2013 was convicted for sharing thousands of classified government documents with WikiLeaks and was sentenced to 35 years behind bars. A day after her sentencing, Manning released a statement explaining that she identified as female.

She changed her name from Bradley Manning to Chelsea and transitioned during her time behind bars at the all-male facility.

In the final days of his presidency, Barack Obama commuted Manningโ€™s sentence and she was released from the Fort Leavenworth military prison in Kansas in May 2017 after spending several years in custody.

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