Is Transsexual Whistleblower Chelsea Manning The Face of the Democratic Party?

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Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who spent several years in prison for leaking classified information, has filed to run as a Democratic candidate for Senate in Maryland.

Manning, who filed official paperwork on Thursday, is one of four Democratic candidates who have filed for the Senate seat. Ben Cardin, Maryland's senior congressperson, for the gathering assignment in November.

When Ms Manning was released last May, she told The Associated Press in an email she was eager to define her future, but made no mention of politics.

Manning was convicted by a court-martial in 2013 for violating the Espionage Act for sharing nearly 750,000 classified or sensitive military and diplomatic documents with WikiLeaks. The primary is set for June 28. "The world is a better place with her as a free woman, and this latest news makes it clear she is only beginning to make her mark on it".

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Born Bradley Manning, Chelsea came out as transgendered shortly after being sentenced.

The document said Manning had committed a crime outside the country that "would equate to an indictable offense, namely treason" in Canada and which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment.

Manning wrote on Twitter in September that she was barred from entering Canada due to criminal convictions in the United States and posted an image of a document.

In his announcement, Obama said that Manning's sentence was "unbalanced" to those looked by different informants. While serving time at Fort Leavenworth, Manning attempted suicide and went on a hunger strike before the Army approved her for gender reassignment surgery. She's been hailed as a traitor as well as a courageous hero. During his career in the senate, Cardin has frequently advocated restoring voting rights to felons.

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