Chelsea Manning releases first campaign ad for US Senate bid

Senator Chelsea Manning?

Chelsea Manning eyes Democratic nomination for Maryland Senate seat

Manning, who was granted clemency by former U.S. President Barack Obama, was released in May from a U.S. military prison in Kansas where she had been serving time for passing secrets to the WikiLeaks website in the biggest breach of classified data in the history of the United States.

Ms Manning would be challenging Democrat Benjamin Cardin, who is in his second term in the Senate and considered an overwhelming favourite to win a third term when he comes up for reelection in November.

Her statement of candidacy was filed with the Federal Election Commission last Thursday. "Times of fear, of suppression, hate". "We need someone willing to fight". Miss Manning was arrested in May 2010, while serving with the USA army in Iraq, after she confessed to a computer hacker, Adrian Lamo, that she was the source of Wikileaks' documents. She sent a subsequent tweet seeking donations to her campaign. He is the senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"We need to stop expecting that our systems will fix themselves. we need to challenge them at every level". "We need to actually take the reins of power from them".

After her release from prison, she moved to the suburbs in Maryland. She has been registered to vote at the apartment in North Bethesda since mid-August, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections. The Democratic primary is scheduled for the end of June. To run for that office, a person must be at least 30 years old, a USA citizen for nine years and an inhabitant of the state at election time, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections. But campaign finance reports show that his organization had almost $2 million cash on hand in late September.

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