Chelsea Mannings Senate Campaign Has Brought the Internet Trolls out of the Woodwork

helsea Manning is a controversial figure, to say the least. The transgender activist and former soldier rose to prominence in 2010, when she was found guilty of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks and sentenced to 35 years in prison — by far the longest punishment imposed in the U.S. for a leak conviction.

On the day she was convicted, Chelsea came out as transgender. “I take full and complete responsibility for my decision to disclose these materials to the public. I have never made any excuses for what I did,” Manning wrote at the time. “The bottom-line is this: I need help and I am still not getting it. I am living through a cycle of anxiety, anger, hopelessness, loss, and depression. I cannot focus. I cannot sleep. I attempted to take my own life.”

Manning served seven years, but then, after more than 117,000 people signed a petition asking Barack Obama to cut Manning’s sentence short, the rest of her sentence was commuted by Obama in 2017.

Now, she’s running for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

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