Chelsea Manning has filed to run for the US Senate seat from Maryland, Reuters reports.
Manning, the transgender Army soldier who spent seven years in a military prison for leaking classified information that was later published by Wikileaks, will seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for the Senate, according to Federal election filings.
Manning was granted clemency by President Obama and released from prison in May. She had been sentenced to 35 years in prison.
Manning, 30, would challenge incumbent Democrat Ben Cardin, who will run for his third term in 2018.
She moved to Maryland after her release and was able to raise $175,000 through an online campaign, The Washington Post reports.
Since her release, she has written about civil liberties for The Guardian and Medium.
Prior to her arrest, Manning enlisted in the Army as Bradley Manning and was deployed to Iraq, working as an intelligence analyst.
She was arrested in 2010 after leaking 75,000 documents to Wikileaks, including State Department cables, classified info about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and data about Guantanamo Bay detainees.