WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning is running for the US Senate in Maryland


Chelsea manning
Chelsea
Manning was formerly known as Bradley Manning before publicly
self-identifying as a woman in 2013.

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  • Chelsea Manning, the transgender former Army private
    best known for leaking the largest batch of classified
    government documents in US history, filed papers this week to
    run for the US Senate in Maryland. 
  • She will challenge Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin in his
    party’s primary later this year. 
  • President Barack Obama commuted Manning’s sentence in
    January 2017. 

Chelsea Manning, the former US Army Intelligence analyst who
leaked classified government documents to the radical
transparency site WikiLeaks, has filed to run as a democrat for
the US Senate in Maryland, The Washington Post reported
Saturday. 

The move is a stunning turn for Manning, who just over a year ago
was serving a 35-year prison sentence for her unauthorized
disclosure of sensitive government documents in 2010. President
Barack Obama commuted all but four months of the remainder of
Manning’s sentence. She was released from prison last May. 

Manning’s sentence for whistleblowing was the longest in US
history.

She is challenging current Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin for his
seat. Cardin, a Democrat, has been serving as senator since 2007
and is running for reelection this year. 

Manning, who is also a fierce advocate for transgender
rights, often

 speaks out against the lack of
privacy rights in the US and what she has described as an American
“police state.”

“I’m walking out of prison and I see, literally, a dystopian
novel unfolding before my eyes,” she shortly after her release.
“That’s how I feel when I walk in the American streets today.”

Her rhetoric has won her many critics and fans from both
sides of the political aisle. While some people believe her
disclosure to WikiLeaks amounted to treason, others argue that
she is an American hero. 

Last year, President Donald Trump called Manning an “ungrateful
traitor” who should never have been released from
prison. 

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