A German online magazine thrust into the limelight by a treason probe says it hopes to grow thanks to a surge in donations.

The founder of digital rights website Netzpolitik.org says supporters have donated more than 50,000 euros ($54,415) in the past week.

Markus Beckedahl says the five-person website may be able to hire more staff now. He told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he's undaunted by the probe and hopes readers will provide more confidential documents for it to report on.

Beckedahl and fellow journalist Andre Meister were informed last week that they are under investigation over articles citing secret plans to expand online surveillance in Germany.

The case sparked a political row that led to the firing of Germany's chief federal prosecutor Tuesday.