Chelsea Manning files for US Senate run in Maryland

Sunday, 14 Jan, 2018

The whistleblower has shared her campaign vid on Twitter, captioned "yup, we're running for senate".

Chelsea Manning, one of the most well-known US whistleblowers - jailed for leaking military documents on abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan - confirmed her bid for the US Senate, releasing a campaign video and calling for donations.

The trans activist and former Army Intelligence Analyst has announced she will be running for the U.S. Senate in Maryland.

Manning's filing was received January 11, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Her actions made Manning a hero to anti-war and anti-secrecy activists but United States establishment figures branded her a traitor.

During her incarceration, Manning battled for and won the right to start hormone treatment. And now, she may be headed to government herself.

The seat Manning is vying for is now held by Democrat Ben Cardin, who has held it since 2007.

In elections a year ago, transgender candidate Danika Roem was elected to the Virginia state House of Delegates, becoming the first openly transgender lawmaker in the United States.

In Manning's favor, she does have greater name recognition.

In September 2017, Manning was named a visiting fellow at Harvard University, before the invitation was rescinded after CIA Director Mike Pompeo protested. She has been registered to vote at the apartment in North Bethesda since mid-August, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections. Manning did not immediately return CNN's request for comment Saturday.

Speaking at the New Yorker Festival in October, Manning said she fears for her safety but does not plan to lay low. "And I realize now that that's OK".