Chelsea Manning says “I’m running for US Senate”

Famous for handing a huge cache of secret documents to WikiLeaks, the transgendered born as Bradley Manning, now living as Chelsea Manning filed a statement of candidacy with the US elections commission.


Manning served six of his 35 year sentence. His case remains deeply controversial, particularly among conservatives, who criticized Obama’s decision.

Former soldier Chelsea Manning received Out magazine’s Newsmaker of the Year award last year. Now it looks like she’ll be running for Senate.

He will be a primary challenger to Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), who is currently the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Cardin has served two terms in the Senate and two decades in the House. He won reelection in 2012 by just over 30 points.

Along with Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who caused a global uproar over government surveillance by leaking NSA documents, Manning is perhaps the best-known whistle-blower/leaker of recent years.

The hundreds of thousands of files she handed over to WikiLeaks in 2010 included a graphic video of Iraqis being gunned down during a US helicopter attack in Baghdad. They also included a cache of top secret military documents that came to be known as the Afghan War Diary, and a set of diplomatic cables that led to “Cablegate.”

Last year, Manning, who had leaked the documents to spark a debate about US military and foreign policy, was offered a spot as a visiting fellow at Harvard University.

The school caused an outcry, though, after it rescinded the offer following a protest by CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

In September, a profile of Manning in Vogue magazine ran alongside a picture of her in a swimsuit, taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Manning was released from prison in May, after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence and being granted clemency by then President Barack Obama.




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