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, 30, is running as a Democrat, which means she would challenge Sen. The primary is set for June 28. 1st Class Bradley Manning, a USA military intelligence analyst. Manning would be also be yet another LGBT candidate in a prominent statewide elections among many others seeking to ride the expected Democratic wave in 2018.
Manning, a controversial figure who is seen by some as a hero to the USA and as an enemy by others, served seven years of a 35-year sentence in a military prison before being granted clemency by then-President Barack Obama as one of his final acts before the end of his term in January 2017.
Ms Manning was in 2013 convicted of the largest leak of classified documents in USA history and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.
In his announcement, Obama said that Manning's sentence was "unbalanced" to those looked by different informants.
While in prison, Manning came out as transgender and changed her first name from Bradley to Chelsea.
In elections previous year, transgender candidate Danika Roem was elected to the Virginia state House of Delegates, becoming the first openly transgender lawmaker in the United States. Manning did not immediately return CNN's request for comment Saturday.