1 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Intelligence_Directorate
Is it possible that he's just spouting stuff to try to stay relevant?
Come to think of it, is it possible he's ever done this in the past?...
Snowden might have sources leaking to him, or he might be acting as a front for someone else, but it doesn't matter either way. People will believe him because he says it and it sounds plausible.
In a few years he'll probably be shilling gold coins or prepper tools.