Chelsea Manning has filed to run for United States senate in Maryland

Chelsea Manning has filed to run for United States senate in Maryland

Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, who served prison time for leaking classified information, filed to run as a Democratic candidate for Senate in Maryland.

Manning, who had her 35-year sentence commuted by former President Barack Obama in May last year, declared her intention to run with the Federal Election Commission on January 5.

Speaking to Vogue in August, she refused to discount running for political office in the future.

Manning is one of four Democratic candidates who have filed to run for Senate in Maryland.

Ms Manning was in 2013 convicted of the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Reuters said Ms Manning did not immediately respond to requests for a comment.

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Manning was arrested in Iraq in 2010 for sharing more than 700,000 confidential documents, videos and diplomatic cables with anti-secrecy website Wikileaks. Manning, originally from Oklahoma, moved to Maryland after her release.

Todd Eberly, a political science professor at St. Mary's College, said President Donald Trump's unexpected rise to chief executive opened the door for political neophytes such as Manning.

Manning was arrested in 2010 after she gave Wikileaks nearly 75,000 documents related to the war efforts in the Middle East and information about Guantanamo Bay prisoners. He represented the 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987-2007, when he first entered the Senate, replacing Paul S. Sarbanes, who retired.

Manning, whose name was formerly Bradley Manning, was convicted of 20 counts, including six violations of the Espionage Act. Ben Cardin in his primary race.

She was placed in solitary confinement after attempting suicide twice. She's been hailed as a traitor as well as a courageous hero.

Manning's felony convictions do not appear to bar her from running for Senate. Cardin in this year's election.

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