Chelsea Manning to run for US Senate

Chelsea Manning files to run as Democrat for US Senate in Maryland

Chelsea Manning, the former US Army intelligence analyst-turned-whistleblower is to seek the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat in Maryland.

According to federal election filings, Manning will look to challenge Democrat Benjamin L Cardin, who is now serving his second term as senator.

Speaking to Vogue in August, she refused to discount running for political office in the future.

Now, she is throwing her hat in the ring against a member of the Democratic establishment, Senator Ben Cardin, who also hasn't commented on the putative challenge. Cardin has an approval rate of 50 percent, according to the latest figures cited by the Baltimore Sun, and will face Manning and three other candidates in the upcoming primary. Last year, she was freed from a military prison in Kansas after President Obama commuted her sentence.

Manning, then known as Bradley Manning, was arrested in 2010 and convicted in 2013 of leaking a trove of sensitive documents to WikiLeaks. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., called her release "outrageous".

It would be hard for Manning to wrest the Democratic nomination from incumbent Sen.

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West of Tunis , where hundreds of young people went to the streets after the funeral of a man who died in the riots Monday night. A Jewish school on the island of Djerba was badly damaged after being hit with petrol bombs, although no one was injured.

President Trump has been critical of Manning, once referring to her as an "ungrateful traitor". Cardin is relied upon to a win the race to serve a third term. Despite her criminal record, can she run for U.S. Senate?

Ultimately Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison, during which time she attempted suicide before the Army approved her for gender reassignment surgery. She said she might release a statement in the coming days.

In his announcement, Obama said that Manning's sentence was "unbalanced" to those looked by different informants.

Her case remains politically divisive.

During her incarceration Manning battled for, and won, the right to start hormone treatment.

In elections previous year, transgender candidate Danika Roem was elected to the Virginia state House of Delegates, becoming the first openly transgender lawmaker in the United States.

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