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Convicted Former Army Private Chelsea Manning Releases Senate Campaign Ad [VIDEO]

Julia Nista General Assignment Reporter

Chelsea Manning, the transgender woman and former Army private convicted under the Espionage Act of leaking thousands of sensitive government documents, released a campaign video for her Senate run in Maryland.

On YouTube, a warning appears before the video, stating, “This video may be inappropriate for some users.”

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The video is starkly anti-government and has dark tones to it, including video of the Charlottesville riots and an upsetting depiction of U.S. government buildings in Washington, D.C.

“We live in trying times. Times of fear, of suppression, of hate. We don’t need more, or better leaders. We need someone willing to fight,” Manning says in the video. “We need to stop asking them to give us our rights. They won’t support us, they won’t compromise. We need to stop expecting that our systems will somehow fix themselves.”

“We need to actually take the reigns of power from them. We need to challenge them at every level. We need to fix this. We don’t need them anymore – we can do better. You’re damn right we got this.”

The video ominously focuses on a call to action and includes videos of Antifa resistance.

Manning does not specifically mention President Trump in the video, nor does she acknowledge any specific policy plans for the Senate.

Manning stole and leaked nearly 750,000 documents to Wikileaks in 2010 when serving in the Army, and was later convicted and sentenced to 35 years in prison. President Obama commuted her sentence on January 17, 2017.

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