Filing with Elections Commission Placed This Week
Chelsea Manning has filed to run for the United States Senate in Maryland.
â€œChelsea Manning, the transgender former Army private who was convicted of passing sensitive government documents to Wikileaks, has filed to run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland, according to federal election filings,â€ the Washington Post reported Saturday.
Manning would challenge Democrat Ben Cardin, who will face re-election in November. â€œCardin is Marylandâ€™s senior senator and is considered an overwhelming favorite to win a third term,â€ the Post noted.
One year ago, President Barack Obama advised that â€œit made sense to commute and not pardon Chelsea Manningâ€™s sentence,â€ advising that he felt â€œvery comfortable that justice has been served.â€
"It has been my view that given she went to trial, due process was carried out, she took responsibility for her crime,â€ he continued, â€œthat the sentence she received was very disproportional relative to what other leakers had received."
Manning was subsequently released in May from a military prison in Kansas. She served seven years in prison, 28 short of her 35-year sentence due to the presidentâ€™s commutation.
The Post also reported that Manning moved to Maryland after her release, and that â€œfriends and family raised more than $175,000 to support her through an online campaign.â€ The filing with the Federal Elections Commission was placed on Thursday of this week.
Manning, nor Senator Cardin, returned requests for comment to the outlet.
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