Chelsea Manning: Ex-soldier files to run for US Senate in Maryland

Manning, a former United States Army intelligence analyst, was convicted by court-martial in 2013 of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents - including information about the war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, State Department cables and information about prisoners in Guantanamo Bay - to WikiLeaks.

Since leaving prison, Manning has become known for controversial tweets, often accompanied with a series of emojis and the hashtag #WeGotThis.

Whistle-blower Chelsea Manning has filed to run for Senate in Maryland.

Speaking at the New Yorker Festival in October, Manning said she fears for her safety but does not plan to lay low.

Manning is one of four Democratic candidates who have filed to run for Senate in Maryland. Ben Cardin, who has served two terms in the Senate and is up for re-election in November.

The case and Manning herself continue to be politically divisive in the United States. She was released from military prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas last year.

Since her release Manning has remained active on social media, and has continued to discuss issues such as government transparency, free speech and transgender rights.

But Manning is sure to be a standout candidate. She told The Washington Post on Saturday that she might release more information in the coming days.

She was released in May 2017 after which she began hormone replacement therapy to transition to a woman.

Cardin's spokesman and the Democratic Party of Maryland declined to comment on Manning's filing.

It's not entirely clear what Manning's political agenda may look like, though she definitely tends to sympathize with progressive causes.

The Oklahoma native had planned to move to Maryland, where she has an aunt.

The election document lists Manning's address as that of a luxury apartment tower in North Bethesda. Last year, she wrote a column for the Guardian opposing compromise in politics. But campaign finance reports show that his organization had nearly $2 million cash on hand in late September.

  • Leon Brazil