Chelsea Manning Files for Maryland US Senate Seat

Chelsea Manning, convicted of leaking military documents, files candidacy to challenge Sen. Ben Cardin

Chelsea Manning is running for Maryland's Senate

Chelsea Manning, the transgender woman who was convicted of disclosing classified military information to WikiLeaks, has filed a statement to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland.

NBC News 4 reported that Manning filed her paperwork Thursday and has become the fifth candidate who has declared their intention to run for Cardin's seat. Manning did not immediately return CNN's request for comment Saturday. Ben Cardin (D), who has been serving the state since 2007 and has served two terms.

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).

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She was convicted by court-martial in 2013 of espionage and other offenses for furnishing more than 700,000 documents, videos and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks, an worldwide organization that publishes information from anonymous sources.

Ms Manning was working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.

Manning came out publicly as transgender in 2013, shortly after being convicted on 20 charges including violations of the Espionage Act, theft and computer fraud. She was placed in solitary confinement after twice trying to kill herself.

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