I think what they are doing is the best they can do under the circumstances. Remember where Manning went wrong, he released all the info without considering possible threats to national security. Now, don't get me wrong, I do believe most of these claims about threats to national security are bogus, but the government doesn't see it that way. They are waiting till Greenwald makes a mistake and releases info on which they can accuse him of and send him to jail. Their position must be severely weakened first, before Greenwald can release the juicier details. He needs public sentiment on his side for that to happen. But attaining that sentiment is a slow process.
Also, another matter to consider, is that releasing info all at once makes it difficult for the public to digest the information. Most likely 90% of the info will go over the head of most people and of the 10% they do read, half will be forgotten.
While there is a risk of desensitization, I like to see the glass half full: You also run the risk of reverse brainwashing, where people are slowly led to believe that government is evil and not to be trusted.
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