Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who spent several years in prison for leaking classified information, has filed to run as a Democratic candidate for Senate in Maryland.
Federal Election Commission documents show Chelsea Elizabeth Manning of North Bethesda, Md., has filed paperwork to run as a Democrat, a move that would pit her against two-term Sen.
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Manning will be challenging 74-year-old incumbent Senator Cardin for the Democratic nomination.
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Conservative news outlet Red Maryland first reported Manning's candidacy.
Manning could not immediately be reached for comment. His campaign committee has almost $2 million in cash on hand, according to the FEC.
Supporters say a video of a Baghdad airstrike she made public exposed war crimes the United States committed during the Iraq war, but opponents point to a subsequent dump of 251,287 State Department cables as evidence she was indiscriminately leaking information and jeopardizing the lives and work of US intelligence analysts.
When another Twitter user criticized Manning's diatribe on police last week and said "have fun never voting again", she responded that she was registered to vote despite her criminal record: "state of maryland doesnt disenfranchise".
"We need to stop asking them to give us our rights", she wrote. The primary is set for June 28.