Chelsea Manning files to run for US Senate

Chelsea Manning filed papers Thursday to run as a Democrat in Maryland

The primary election for the 2018 Maryland senate race will be held on June 26, 2018.

Manning has long maintained that she leaked the documents in order to spark public debate. In an exclusive 2017 interview with ABC’s Juju Chang for a special edition of Nightline, Manning said, “My intention was to draw attention to this … and do the right thing.”

Manning continued, “And I struggled with that, but the intention was very much like, ‘This is about improving the country. This is about improving our standing in the world, this is about improving everything.’ And maybe this can start a debate on that.”

Cardin's office and Manning did not immediately respond to requests for comment.