WikiLeaks informer Chelsea Manning files to run for US Senate

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COURTESY PHOTO Chelsea Manning, a former U.S. Army intelligence analyst convicted of leaking a trove of classified information to WikiLeaks in 2010, has filed for candidacy in the U.S. Senate race in Maryland, according to online Federal Election Commission records.

Chelsea Manning attends an event by OUT Magazine in New York City on Nov. 9, 2017.

She came out as transgendered shortly after her sentencing, but the military denied her request for hormone therapy treatment while behind bars.

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

Federal election filings show Ms Manning is running as a Democrat and will likely challenge the two-term Democrat, Senator Ben Cardin, who is an overwhelming favourite to win. Since then, she has moved to Maryland, speaks at political events, and writes columns about civil rights. Last year, then-President Barack Obama commuted Manning's sentence to time served, and she was released from a military prison in Kansas.

Cardin spokeswoman Sue Walitsky did not directly address Manning's candidacy or anyone else's.

Since her release Manning has remained active on social media, and has continued to discuss issues such as government transparency, free speech and transgender rights. She told The Washington Post on Saturday that she might release more information in the coming days. He is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"I had this image of going (back) to a life that I had before", she said.

The Oklahoma native had planned to move to Maryland, where she has an aunt. When reports broke last week that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were raiding 7-11 stores, Manning called the agency "the new Gestapo". They won't meet you in the middle. To run for that office, a person must be at least 30 years old, a US citizen for nine years and an inhabitant of the state at election time, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections.