Chelsea Manning, the transgender US Army soldier who served seven years in military prison for leaking classified data, is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination for the US Senate seat from Maryland, according to Federal election filings seen on Saturday.
However, Manning, while a controversial figure, could be seen by progressives as a political force.
There is no public telephone information listing for Manning, who according to FEC records, resides in North Bethesda.
Ms Manning is a transgender woman, and was known as Bradley Manning at the time of the leaks. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland. The paperwork, according to the form, was hand-delivered to the U.S. Senate. She would be challenging Democrat Benjamin L. Cardin, currently in his second term and up for reelection in November. Following President Obama's sentence commutation last January, Manning was released in May.
Manning was convicted by a court-martial in 2013 for violating the Espionage Act for sharing almost 750,000 classified or sensitive military and diplomatic documents with WikiLeaks.
Manning moved to Maryland after her release from prison.
But Manning is sure to be a standout candidate. He sits on several committees and is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She was placed in solitary confinement after twice trying to kill herself. I know what that feels like. When reports broke last week that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were raiding 7-11 stores, Manning called the agency "the new Gestapo".
The Oklahoma native had planned to move to Maryland, where she has an aunt. People are telling me that they want the country to come together and that they are tired of the partisanship. During his career in the senate, Cardin has frequently advocated restoring voting rights to felons. "We need to actually take the reins of government and fix our institutions".