Chelsea Manning files for US Senate bid in Maryland

Chelsea Manning, convicted of leaking military documents, files candidacy to challenge Sen. Ben Cardin

The Washington Post reported Saturday that Manning will challenge Democrat Ben Cardin.

Manning declared in Federal Election Commission filings, dated January 5, her statement of candidacy to run as a Democrat in the 2018 election.

Manning, who was granted clemency by former US President Barack Obama, was released in May from a US military prison in Kansas where she had been serving time for passing secrets to the WikiLeaks website in the biggest breach of classified data in the history of the United States. Manning is challenging incumbent U.S. Sen. Maryland is considered a safely Democratic state for this year's Senate race.

The 30-year-old Manning listed a North Bethesda address in her FEC filing. 1st Class Bradley Manning, a USA military intelligence analyst. Manning pleaded guilty to some charges but was acquitted of the most serious charge brought against her: aiding the enemy. "This is about improving our standing in the world, this is about improving everything.' And maybe this can start a debate on that".

She has been lauded as a whistleblower by some and condemned as a traitor by others for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified government documents to WikiLeaks in 2010 while still known as Pte. The military would not provide her with any treatment for her gender dysphoria, which Manning claimed resulted in her increased distress.

A representative for Manning did not immediately respond to a request for comment.