Chelsea Manning files for US Senate run in Maryland


Chelsea Manning files for US Senate run in Maryland

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

The transgender former Army officer who was convicted of leaking classified documents filed her statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday.

The Federal Election Commission website shows a January 11 filing for "Chelsea Manning for U.S. Senate" with the party affiliation registered as Democrat - suggesting a primary challenge for Cardin.


Manning, a transgender woman formerly known as Bradley Manning, was convicted by court-martial in 2013 of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks and sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Manning had previously said that after her release from a military prison in Kansas on May 21, 2017 that she would move to Maryland (she was originally from Oklahoma). Incumbent Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin, 74, has not yet announced he would seek a third term in the Senate.


Cardin was easily re-elected in 2012, beating his Republican challenger by 30 points in the heavily-Democratic state.

Mr Manning came out as transgendered shortly after her sentencing, but the military denied her request for hormone therapy treatment while behind bars. She was placed in solitary confinement after attempting suicide twice.


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