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 TrumpBroward County official Brenda Snipes submits resignation after criticism Retired lieutenant general tears into Trump over attacks against Navy SEAL: 'Disgusting' Senate barrels toward showdown over Trump's court picks MORE's pick, Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence: US will hold those responsible for Khashoggi's murder accountable Trump privately asking aides if Pence is loyal: report North Korea's Kim oversees new weapons test 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 CorkerCorker: 'Everything points' to Saudi crown prince ordering Khashoggi's killing CIA concludes Saudi crown prince ordered Khashoggi murder: report  McConnell, Flake clash over protecting Mueller probe MORE (Tenn.), Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump labels Schiff ‘little Adam Schitt’ Top House Oversight Dem says he will do ‘anything and everything’ to make Mueller’s findings public Watchdog group demands release of Whitaker's financial disclosures 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 ClintonRetired lieutenant general tears into Trump over attacks against Navy SEAL: 'Disgusting' Retired admiral who oversaw bin Laden raid doubles down on Trump criticism Trump dismisses criticism from Navy SEAL who led Osama bin Laden mission MORE win the Democratic primary over Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDems wonder if Sherrod Brown could be their magic man My fellow Democrats should watch their language: Economic equality is not a rational societal goal As Democrats gear up to challenge Trump in 2020, the key political divide will be metropolitan versus rural MORE (I-Vt.).