Chelsea Manning, a transgender former U.S. Army Soldier imprisoned for seven years after being convicted of leaking classified military documents to WikiLeaks, has filed papers to run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland as a Democrat. After serving 7 years, her sentence was commuted by President Obama in 2017.
Manning did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor had she released a statement announcing her candidacy as of midafternoon Saturday.
Manning, 30, came out transgender on the day after she was sentenced. "It is a remarkable gift to the world that Chelsea will be able to grow and fight alongside us for justice". Cardin is relied upon to a win the race to serve a third term.
The election document lists Manning's address as that of a luxury apartment tower in North Bethesda.
Manning was convicted in 2013 of leaking a trove of classified documents.
To many people, Manning is an American traitor who does not deserve the spotlight or a public platform, let alone recognition for anything.
Since leaving prison, Manning has become known for controversial tweets, often accompanied with a series of emojis and the hashtag #WeGotThis.
Last September, Manning was denied entrance into Canada due to a criminal record.