Chelsea Manning filed to run for US Senate

Chelsea Manning

The Washington Post first reported Saturday that Manning has filed to run in Maryland for the seat of Democratic Sen. He has served two terms and is an overwhelming favorite to win.

Cardin, the incumbent senator Manning is challenging, has been a US senator since 2006. Ben Cardin in the June Democratic primary.

Chelsea Manning, the transgender soldier who was convicted of giving classified information to WikiLeaks, has filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission for a U.S. Senate bid in Maryland.

The 30-year-old Manning listed a North Bethesda address in her FEC filing.

Manning was convicted of leaking classified information and spent more than six years behind bars.

The information Manning disclosed included low-level battlefield reports from Iraq and Afghanistan, Guantanamo prison camp detainee profiles and US diplomatic correspondence.

Miss Manning was arrested in May 2010, while serving with the United States army in Iraq, after she confessed to a computer hacker, Adrian Lamo, that she was the source of Wikileaks' documents. She was convicted by court-martial in 2013 of espionage and other offenses for furnishing more than 700,000 documents, videos and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks, an worldwide organization that publishes information from anonymous sources.

President Barack Obama commuted Manning's sentence in January 2017 and Manning was released from prison in May 2017.

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