Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Chelsea Manning Files to Run for US Senate

US whistleblower Chelsea Manning seeks Senate seat Chelsea Manning files to run as Democrat for US Senate in Maryland
Bennie Garza | 13 January, 2018, 22:56

"Chelsea 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", the Washington Post reported Saturday.

Manning filed as a Democrat. Ben Cardin (D), who has been serving the state since 2007 and has served two terms. Cardin won 74% of the vote.

Produced by Laura Poitras (RISK, Citizenfour) with filmmaker Tim Travers Hawkins, XY Chelsea follows Manning as she is released from Fort Leavenworth, an all-male maximum-security prison in Kansas, for disclosing classified materials to WikiLeaks.

During her time in prison, Manning became a symbol of transgender rights when the LGBTQ community rallied around her when she went on a hunger strike over her gender confirmation treatment. She is challenging Maryland Sen.

According to federal election filings, Manning completed the paperwork on January 5, and it was delivered on January 11.

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

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