Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks has released a new batch of emails from the Democratic National Committee just one day before the US 2016 presidential election.
The previous batch led to resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz as the DNC chief since it contained emails that showed the committee had acted in favor of the now-nominee, Hillary Clinton, and against her contender, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
The new batch was released just one day before the Election Day apparently in an effort to change the course of the compettion, currently in favor of the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and against his opponent, GOP flag-bearer Donald Trump, according to the latest polls.
There are a total of 8,263 in the new batch, whose release was followed by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against the WikiLeaks website.
“Our email publication servers are under a targeted DoS attack since releasing #DNCLeak2,” the transparency group said on Twitter, further calling on supporters to make donations to help it “increase capacity.”
In one of the emails, DNC press representative Lauren Dillon offers a list of 40 potential Republican vice presidents for Trump, in five categories, including one containing the “nixed” ones.
Trump’s running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, does not appear on any of the lists.
The first category, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Senators Bob Corker (Tennessee), Jeff Sessions (Alabama) and Joni Ernst (Iowa), and the second, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Representative Jim Jordan (Ohio) and former Speaker Newt Gingrich (Georgia), are the ones, Dillon writes, the Democratic Party is collecting videos from.
The “nixed” list includes retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a 2016 presidential candidate; Ohio Governor John Kasich, also a 2016 candidate; former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer; and former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura.
Clinton has previously pointed the finger at Russia over WikiLeaks’ releases against her campaign, arguing that Moscow wants a “puppet” president in the White House and takes such measures in support of Trump, an allegation rejected both by the Kremlin and the billionaire.