Ex-army leaker to run for US senate — Chelsea Manning

Ex-army leaker to run for US senate — Chelsea Manning”

While Manning has not commented on her run, either to the press or on social media, her candidacy seems to be a bit of surprise in Maryland's political scene.

Manning has also referred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement as "literally the new gestapo".

Senator Cardin was elected in 2006 was easily re-elected in 2012, beating his Republican challenger by 30 points in the heavily-Democratic state.

She has written about transgender rights and bullying in columns published on the website Medium.

Manning would not be the first transgender candidate to challenge a sitting member of Congress.

Conservative news outlet Red Maryland first reported Manning's candidacy. The current Democratic senator, Ben Cardin, is planning to run for his third term in the 2018 primary. However, an outside candidate with national name recognition like Manning could tap a network of donors.

Kristin Beck, a retired Navy SEAL who is transgender, failed to unseat US Congressman Steny Hoyer in Maryland's Democratic Primary in 2016.

A highly outspoken figure on the internet, some praise Chelsea as a hero.

She was previously known as Bradley Manning before undergoing hormone replacement therapy.

Democrats are really scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Beck said Manning is pulling a "publicity stunt".

Ms Manning was working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq. She was released in May 2017 after serving seven years, when President Obama granted her clemency. To run for that office, a person must be at least 30 years old, a US citizen for nine years and an inhabitant of the state at election time, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections.

Reuters said Ms Manning did not immediately respond to requests for a comment.

Three years later, Manning was convicted of multiple counts, including violating the Espionage Act, and received a lengthy sentence.

Her case remains politically divisive.

President Trump has been critical of Manning, once referring to her as an "ungrateful traitor".

Manning's lawyers at the American Civil Liberties Union, Nancy Hollander and Vincent Ward, said in a joint statement that "Chelsea has already served the longest sentence of any whistleblower in the history of this country".

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