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Chelsea Manning files to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland

Chelsea Manning, a transgender former Army private convicted of the largest leak of classified documents in American history, has filed to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland.

Manning filed the papers with Federal Election Commission and the Secretary of the Senate, according to Red Maryland, a conservative website that broke the news on Friday. She will challenge Sen. Ben Cardin, a Democrat who is serving his second term.

Manning, 30, will also run as a Democrat. The primary is in June.

The former soldier was sentenced to 35 years in prison after getting arrested in 2010 for passing government documents onto WikiLeaks — a violation of the Espionage Act. The nearly 750,000 documents provided details about U.S. war strategy in Afghanistan and Iraq. Some of the documents revealed information about prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

Manning was an intelligence analyst deployed in Iraq.

During his final days in office, President Obama commuted Manning’s sentence and she was released from the Ft. Leavenworth military prison in Kansas in May of last year.

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

The ACLU in 2014 filed a lawsuit against the Department of Defense over its refusal to treat her gender dysphoria. The LGBTQ community rallied around Manning as she kicked off a hunger strike to pressure officials into allowing her the care she required.

She’s the first to receive gender-affirming surgical treatment in prison, according the ACLU.

President Trump slammed her release on Twitter and described her as an “ungrateful TRAITOR” who “never should have been released from prison.”

Her felony convictions do not prohibit Manning from running for Senate.

Manning has since moved to Maryland and has written about civil liberties and free speech for The Guardian and Medium. 

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