Chelsea Man­ning files for U.S. Se­nate bid

The Dallas Morning News - - Nation -

NORTH BETHESDA, Md. — Chelsea Man­ning in­tends to run for the U.S. Se­nate in Mary­land, re­turn­ing the trans­gen­der former soldier to the spot­light af­ter her con­vic­tion for leak­ing clas­si­fied doc­u­ments and her early re­lease from mil­i­tary prison.

Man­ning, 30, filed her state­ment of can­di­dacy with the Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion on Thurs­day, list­ing an apart­ment in North Bethesda as her ad­dress.

She is run­ning as a Demo­crat and is likely to chal­lenge twoterm Sen. Ben Cardin in the pri­mary. The state’s se­nior se­na­tor is an over­whelm­ing fa­vorite to win.

Known as Bradley Man­ning at the time of her 2010 ar­rest, the former Army in­tel­li­gence an­a­lyst was con­victed of leak­ing more than 700,000 mil­i­tary and State De­part­ment doc­u­ments to the anti-se­crecy web­site Wik­iLeaks. She’s been called a traitor as well as a coura­geous hero.

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