Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Transgender document leaker Chelsea Manning to run for US Senate

Transgender document leaker Chelsea Manning to run for US Senate

Chelsea Manning, the former Army private imprisoned for leaking classified government documents, appears to be running for the U.S. Senate.

The Washington Post first reported Saturday that Manning has filed to run in Maryland for the seat of Democratic Sen.

The whistleblower and transgender activist was released from prison in May 2017 after serving seven years.

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. "It is a remarkable gift to the world that Chelsea will be able to grow and fight alongside us for justice". Cardin is expected to a win the race to serve a third term.

Manning has long maintained that she leaked the documents in order to spark public debate.

Manning came out publicly as transgender in 2013, shortly after being convicted on 20 charges including violations of the Espionage Act, theft and computer fraud.

The election document lists Manning's address as that of a luxury apartment tower in North Bethesda.

When the military denied Manning's request for hormones, Manning tried to commit suicide twice.

"F**k the police", Manning tweeted, adding various emojis, including a gun and a police vehicle, as well as the hashtag "disarm the police".

"Police and prosecutors steal more through "civil asset forfeiture" than all "property crime" combined", Manning wrote.

Last September, Manning was denied entrance into Canada due to a criminal record.

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