>> Chelsea Manning is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination for the US Senate seat from Maryland, according to Federal election filings seen on Saturday. 30-year old Manning, the transgender former US Army soldier who served seven years in military prison for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, would be challenging Democratic Senator Ben Cardin.
Cardin was elected in 2006 to that seat, was easily re-elected in 2012, and is expected to run for re-election, again, this year. Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, moved to Maryland in May upon her release from a Kansas prison. She was granted clemency by former President Barack Obama.
Manning, who had been working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq, was convicted in 2013 of espionage and other offenses for furnishing more than 700,000 documents, videos, and diplomatic cables to Wikileaks. She came out as transgendered shortly after her sentencing. But the military denied her request for hormone therapy treatment while behind bars.