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Chelsea Manning to run for US Senate

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Chelsea Manning, a former soldier and transgender citizen who was jailed for leaking confidential US documents to Wikileaks, has filed to run for the US Senate from the state of Maryland, according to Federal Commission records.

Manning will challenge Democrat who has occupied the post of for two terms and will run for reelection in November and is considered a great favourite to continue in that position, news agency reported on Sunday.

Cardin, the highest ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has a wide base of contributors in his state and is not particularly vulnerable.

However, analysts say that an outsider candidate with national name recognition like Manning could benefit from a network of donors interested in pushing the progressive agenda.

Manning, 30, previously known as Bradley Manning, was found guilty in 2013 of the biggest leaking of classified documents in US history, which included 700,000 battlefield reports and diplomatic cables as well as a video of a 2007 US helicopter attack in

She was sentenced to 35 years in prison, by far the longest prison term ever imposed in the US for leaking classified documents.

But last year, then commuted Manning's sentence and she was released from the military prison in where she was being held.

In all, Manning served a total of seven years behind bars, having endured more than three years of pre-trial detention under conditions that a formal UN investigation deemed "cruel, inhuman and degrading".



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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 18:48 IST