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 TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE's pick, Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceDozens of graduates walk out in protest of Pence address Trudeau on tariff deal: Canadian and US businesses can get back to 'working constructively together' Congress has a duty to go through with the impeachment and public trial of President Trump 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 CorkerJeff Daniels blasts 'cowardice' of Senate Republicans against Trump Corker: 'I just don't' see path to challenge Trump in 2020 Ex-GOP Sen. Corker: Trump primary would be 'good thing for our country' MORE (Tenn.), Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMSNBC host: Barr 'the most dangerous person' who works for Trump Chris Wallace: AG Barr 'clearly is protecting' Trump Appeals court rules Trump end of DACA was unlawful 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 ClintonThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection What the Mueller report tells us about Putin, Russia and Trump's election Steve Bullock puts Citizens United decision at center of presidential push MORE win the Democratic primary over Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection California Democrats face crisis of credibility after lawsuits Fox's Brit Hume fires back at Trump's criticism of the channel MORE (I-Vt.).