Chelsea Manning files for US Senate run in Maryland

January 15, 2018


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.

Manning’s filing was received January 11, according to Federal Election Commission records. Manning did not immediately return CNN’s request for comment Saturday.

Manning is one of four Democratic candidates who have filed to run for Senate in Maryland. Incumbent Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin, 74, has not yet announced he would seek a third term in the Senate. His campaign committee has nearly $2 million in cash on hand, according to the FEC.

Manning was convicted in 2013 of stealing 750,000 pages of sensitive government documents and videos and leaking them to WikiLeaks and received a sentence of 35 years in prison on 20 counts, including violating the Espionage Act. After the sentencing, Manning, who was then known as Bradley, identified as transgender and changed her first name to Chelsea.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Navy Bob says:

    According to the Constitution, Manning is NOT qualified to be a Senator. The 14th Amendment to Constitution disqualifies from the Senate any federal or state officers who had taken the requisite oath to support the Constitution, but later engaged in rebellion or aided the enemies of the United States. Manning swore to “support and defend the Constitution of the US” as part of the oath of Enlistment taken by ALL service members. By the conviction at a Courts Martial of “siding the enemy”, a capital offense under the UCMJ, Manning should be considered disqualified from running. Now, since Manning checks so many boxes in the Liberal world, the Democrats will probably flock to the Manning campaign, regardless of the legality. But that does NOT make it right. Manning will then become the “David Dukes” of the Democratic party, a massively flawed candidate. Except for the fact that the Republicans rejected Dukes on numerous occasions.

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