Chelsea Manning, the former US Army soldier who was jailed for passing thousands of government documents to WikiLeaks , has filed to run for the US Senate seat in Maryland.
To some, Chelsea is a Whistle-blower, to others a Traitor. Those documents exposed American military abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Manning, who had her 35-year sentence commuted by former President Barack Obama, declared her intention to run with the Federal Election Commission. She will run as a Democrat.
Chelsea Elizabeth Manning (born Bradley Edward Manning, December 1987) was convicted by court-martial in July 2013, of violations of the Espionage Act. She disclosed to WikiLeaks nearly 750,000 classified or sensitive, military and diplomatic documents.
Manning faces a tough primary battle against incumbent Democrat Ben Cardin. He is a senior senator from Maryland who has held the seat since 2007.
Cardin has a high approval rating and will face Manning and three other candidates in the upcoming primary.
On January 17, 2017, Former President Obama commuted all but four months of Manning’s sentence.
In a press conference held on January 18,2017, Obama stated that Manning’s original 35-year prison sentence was “very disproportionate relative to what other leakers have received” and that “it makes sense to commute—and not pardon—her sentence.”
In January 2017, Manning lamented that Obama’s legacy was a warning against “not being bold enough.” She saw him as a weak leader.
President Donald Trump tweeted that Manning was an “ungrateful traitor” and should “never have been released.”
Chelsea Manning Running for Senate in Maryland
Some Democrats are not happy about this. Molly McKew writes, ” A little too convenient that Chelsea manning will primary Senator Cardin, one of the most active Senators on foreign policy & [is a] leader in making policy/legislation to respond to Russian aggression, MD Senate. Guess that’s what Dem Tea Party is going to look like: Snowden party.
I know there are a lot of people who still think of Manning as a whistle-blower. But the agent of a foreign power coerced this individual, leveraging their emotional distress, into breaking their oath to the country and disclosing classified secrets. Period.”
So now, we have Chelsea Manning and Sheriff Joe Arpaio running in this upcoming election season. It certainly is not going to be a dull one!
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Democrats respond to Manning’s announcement
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