The following is an excerpt from Sebastian Murdock | January 13, 2018 | Huffingtonpost.com |
Chelsea Manning, the former Army private convicted of sharing classified government documents with Wikileaks, has filed to run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland.
Manning, 30, plans to run as a Democrat, according to federal election filings first reported by The Washington Post Saturday.
The whistleblower and transgender activist was released from prison in May 2017 after serving seven years. President Barack Obama commuted her sentence in January 2017.
During her time in prison, Manning became a symbol of transgender rights when the LGBTQ community rallied around her after she went on a hunger strike to protest officials who denied her request for gender confirmation treatment. Manning, who was assigned male at birth and transitioned during her imprisonment, ended her strike after the Army complied with her request.
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