Chelsea Manning appears to be running for US Senate

Chelsea Manning has filed to run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland

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

Manning, 30, filed to run as a Democrat, according to federal election filings first reported by The Washington Post Saturday.

Chelsea Manning has reportedly filed to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland. Ben Cardin, also a Democrat, who is running for his third term.

During her time in prison, Manning became a symbol of transgender rights when the LGBTQ community rallied around her when she went on a hunger strike over her gender confirmation treatment.

Manning was convicted in 2013 of leaking a trove of classified documents. 1st Class Bradley Manning, a USA military intelligence analyst. 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 global organization that publishes information from anonymous sources.

She moved back to Maryland last year after President Barack Obama commuted her 35-year sentence in the final days of his administration.

In his statement, Obama said that Manning's sentence was "disproportionate" to those faced by other whistleblowers.

"Police and prosecutors steal more through "civil asset forfeiture" than all "property crime" combined", Manning wrote.

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