WikiLeaks released a second batch of emails from the Democratic National Committee early Monday morning, even as it came under an online attack.
The site claims to have suffered a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack designed to — and briefly successful at — knocking the site offline. That attack came around the same time that WikiLeaks released the new emails.
WikiLeaks immediately drew a connection between the release of the new information and the attack.
Denial of service attacks flood sites with so much internet traffic they can no longer operate properly.
The new DNC emails released by WikiLeaks total 8,263.
In one, DNC press representative Lauren Dillon lists more than 40 different potential Republican vice presidential picks that the party had considered preparing for. Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGermany’s Merkel says she has ‘good working relationship’ with Trump Sharpton confronts Omarosa at conference 100-day standard is 'ridiculous' to Trump because he's failed it MORE's pick, Mike PenceMike (Michael) Richard Pence The National Space Council is needed here on Earth Tillerson on North Korea: 'Our goal is not regime change' Lewandowski promising clients access to Trump: report MORE, did not make the list.
The DNC’s Republican VP considerations were divided into four tiers, with a fifth tier of those no longer being considered. The brunt of the names are on the "nixed" list, which includes Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and 2016 presidential candidate; Ohio Gov. Jon Kasich, also a 2016 candidate; former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer; and former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura.
Dillon writes that the party was collecting video on tier one — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sens. Bob CorkerBob CorkerState spokesman: Why nominate people for jobs that may be eliminated? The Hill's 12:30 Report Senate Foreign Relations chair: Erdogan referendum win 'not something to applaud' MORE (Tenn.), Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsNew chief selected for Justice Department unit overseeing Russia probe Sessions: Some judges ‘using the law to advance an agenda’ Sessions on Flynn: ‘You don’t catch everything’ MORE (Ala.) and Joni Ernst (Iowa) — and tier two — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio) and former Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.).
The first round of DNC emails led to the resignation of several party officials, including former head Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Some of those emails appeared to show the party colluding to help Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonDems seeing big increase in midterm House candidates When it comes to Israel, Trump’s first 100 days were one big fail Democratic leaders hurt their own party by ousting pro-life voters MORE win the Democratic primary over Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders calls for renewed focus on fighting climate change Maher on Obama speaking fee: Isn’t that what cost Clinton the election? NRA head: Sanders 'a political predator' MORE (I-Vt.).