Chelsea Manning Announces Senate Campaign, Releases Official Video

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January 14, 2018Jan 14, 2018

Chelsea Manning, the former army intelligence analyst convicted for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks, confirmed on Sunday that a Senate run is underway. 

 

"Yup, we're running for Senate," remarked Manning, according to Fox News.

In an official tweet, Manning also included a campaign video, outlining a clear plan to run for the 2018 Maryland Democratic primary. The tweet also asked for donations to the new campaign. 

Manning is running for the seat held by two-term Democratic Senator Ben Cardin. 

The 30-year-old Manning, then known as Bradley Manning, was arrested in 2010 for leaking highly classified information to Wikileaks, the anti-secrecy website that was believed to help Donald Trump during the 2016 election.

Manning came out as transgender after being sentenced to 35 years in prison. Former President Barack Obama then granted Manning clemency before leaving office.

On Saturday, the Washington Post first reported that Manning has filed to run in Maryland for the Democratic Senator Ben Cardin's seat. 

Since leaving prison, Fox News writes that Manning has become known for her controversial tweets. In particular, she has said very negative things about law enforcement and has been very critical of what is perceived to be an epidemic of police brutality.

According to The Hill, Chelsea Manning's announcement came on Sunday. 

“We live in trying times. Times of fear, of suppression, hate,” Manning says.

“We don’t need more or better leaders, we need someone willing to fight,” she continues.

 

“We need to stop expecting that our systems will somehow fix themselves, we need to actually take the reins of power from them. We need to challenge this at every level. We need to fix this. We don’t need them anymore, we can do better."

The Hill also reports that Manning has been a visible activist for LGBTQ rights and other causes since being released from prison. And now, Manning will be the first openly transgender member of Congress to be elected to the Senate. 

Danica Roem became the first openly transgender state legislator with her victory in Virginia in November. 

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