Transgender document leaker Chelsea Manning to run for US Senate

Her lawyers at the ACLU said that Manning served more time behind bars than any other whistleblower in USA history, and under hard conditions.

According to an FEC statement of candidacy form dated Thursday, Manning has filed to run as Democrat in the 2018 midterm elections, challenging incumbent Sen.

Chelsea Manning, the former US army private who was imprisoned for passing information to WikiLeaks, has filed to run for a seat in the US Senate. Ben Cardin, also a Democrat, who is running for his third term. Maryland is considered a safely Democratic state for this year's Senate race.

Manning had been working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.

Chelsea Manning, convicted of leaking military documents, files candidacy to challenge Sen. Ben Cardin
Chelsea Manning is running for Maryland's Senate

Manning was convicted in 2013 of stealing 750,000 pages of sensitive government documents and videos and leaking them to WikiLeaks and received a sentence of 35 years in prison on 20 counts, including violating the Espionage Act.

It was the biggest leak of classified documents in history. "This is about improving our standing in the world, this is about improving everything.' And maybe this can start a debate on that". The military would not provide her with any treatment for her gender dysphoria, which Manning claimed resulted in her increased distress.

Cardin's office and Manning did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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