Convicted Army Private Bradley Manning, who declared “I am a female” and changed his name to Chelsea in 2013 after being sentenced to prison for leaking classified information to Wikileaks, has announced his run for the U.S. Senate.  “Yup, we’re running for Senate,” Manning tweeted on Sunday, receiving 9,000 likes as of press time. He also shared a campaign video that likewise announced his candidacy and criticized the status quo in Washington.

“We need to stop expecting that our systems will somehow fix themselves. We need to actually take the reins of power from them. We need to challenge them at every level,” it states. “We need to fix this. We don’t need them anymore. We can do better. You’re [expletive] right, we got this.” USA Today reports that Manning filed the paperwork on Thursday, and will be running as a Democrat. The seat is currently held by Sen. Ben Cardin, who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. READ MORE