January 22, 2019
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Chelsea Manning files to run for US Senate in Maryland

Andy Kropa/Invision/AP | BDN
Andy Kropa/Invision/AP | BDN
Chelsea Manning attends the 22nd Annual OUT100 Celebration Gala at the Altman Building on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in New York.

Chelsea Manning, the transgender former Army private who was convicted of passing sensitive government documents to Wikileaks, has filed to run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland, according to federal election filings.

Manning, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, would be challenging Sen. Ben Cardin, a Democrat who has served two terms in the Senate. He was first elected in 2007.

Manning, 30, who was formerly known as Bradley Manning, was convicted in 2013 of the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history and was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Last year, then-President Barack Obama commuted Manning’s sentence, and she was released from a military prison.


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