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Chelsea Manning files for US Senate run

Chelsea Manning files for US Senate run

Transgender whistle-blower Chelsea Manning, jailed for leaking classified information, is seeking election in the US state of Maryland.

Manning will be challenging 74-year-old incumbent Senator Cardin for the Democratic nomination.

"My initial thought quite literally was, 'Donald Trump is president, Oprah Winfrey is the leading contender for Democrats in 2020, why the hell not Chelsea Manning in the U.S. Senate?'" he said.

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

The Federal Election Commission document, filed Thursday, listed Chelsea Elizabeth Manning of North Bethesda, Maryland, as a Democratic candidate for the United States senate.

Cardin has yet to lose a political race, and is well-funded and connected in his home state. 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 international organization that publishes information from anonymous sources. She was later convicted and sentenced to 35 years in prison. Former President Barack Obama commuted her sentence in January 2017.

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Manning, originally from Oklahoma, moved to Maryland after her release.

The news of Manning's candidacy provoked a wave of outrage on Twitter.

Kristin Beck, a retired Navy SEAL who is transgender, failed to unseat US Congressman Steny Hoyer in Maryland's Democratic Primary in 2016. Ben Cardin, D-Md., speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on.

She was placed in solitary confinement after attempting suicide twice.

It's not entirely clear what Manning's political agenda may look like, though she definitely tends to sympathize with progressive causes. Last year, she wrote a column for the Guardian opposing compromise in politics. "And when you lose that, you try to do something to grab a headline". Paul Sarbanes, according to the Baltimore Sun. "We need to actually take the reins of government and fix our institutions". His campaign war chest already boasts funds upwards of $2 million.