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.

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“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 TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE's pick, Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence allies worried he'll be called to answer questions from Mueller: report Trump thought it was ‘low class’ for Pence to bring pets to VP residence: report Pence told RNC he could replace Trump on ticket after 'Access Hollywood' tape came out: 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 CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerFormer Dem Tenn. gov to launch Senate bid: report McConnell 'almost certain' GOP will pass tax reform Former New Mexico gov: Trump's foreign policy is getting 'criticized by everybody' MORE (Tenn.), Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat House passes concealed carry gun bill Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee next week 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 ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE win the Democratic primary over Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSchumer: Franken should resign Franken resignation could upend Minnesota races Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign MORE (I-Vt.).