WikiLeaks releases new DNC emails day before election

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.

“Our email publication servers are under a targeted DoS attack since releasing #DNCLeak2,” tweeted the official WikiLeaks account, following a link to a donations page to help it “increase capacity.”

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 John TrumpPoll: Both parties need to do more on drug prices Senate approves .3 trillion spending bill, sending to Trump White House: Trump will delay steel tariffs for EU, six countries MORE's pick, Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump replaces McMaster with Bolton as national security adviser John Oliver says his parody Pence rabbit book has sold out Charlotte Pence responds to John Oliver's rabbit book spoof: ‘I’m all for it’ 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 CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSenate approves .3 trillion spending bill, sending to Trump Senate bracing for possible long weekend Overnight Defense: Trump replaces McMaster with Bolton | .3T omnibus awaits Senate vote | Bill gives Pentagon flexibility on spending | State approves B arms sale to Saudis MORE (Tenn.), Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsFeinstein, Harris call for probe of ICE after employee resigns House Judiciary chair subpoenas DOJ for FBI documents Sen. Gardner won’t let Jeff Sessions tread on Colorado’s cannabis boom 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 Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House would like to see Biden ‘in the boxing ring’ in 2020 House Judiciary chair subpoenas DOJ for FBI documents The suit to make Electoral College more ‘fair’ could make it worse MORE win the Democratic primary over Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCongress to require FEC report on foreign money in elections DCCC adds first black candidates to list of top candidates Hillary Clinton’s sorry apology is why she’s no champion for women MORE (I-Vt.).