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    Chelsea Manning, right, is interviewed by filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, left, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, during a forum, in Nantucket, Mass.

    Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Registers for US Senate Race

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    The WikiLeaks informant Chelsea Manning was registered Thursday as a candidate in this year's US Senate race for the state of Maryland.

    Data published by the Maryland State Board of Elections shows the 30-year-old transgender woman filed in Montgomery County and will seek a Democratic nomination.

    "Yup, we're running for Senate," Manning, a network security expert and former intelligence analyst, tweeted.

    She will be taking on the incumbent senator, Ben Cardin, who has occupied the seat for two terms and expects re-election in November.

    Chelsea, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was freed from prison last May after she was jailed for 35 years in 2013 for leaking thousands of classified documents exposing US war crimes in Iraq. Her sentence was commuted by Barack Obama during the waning days of his presidency.

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