More info on #1, #5, and #7 below.
Notice that in the first part, Ueshiba really doesn't agree with the interviewer about his views of "blending", "timing", and, well, general jujutsu principles. Instead Ueshiba responds about self victory, win according to the mission of heaven, and absolute strength.
I look at that like aiki is about building a strong budo body where one focuses on the self and Self more than the opponent. When aiki is built, the opponent becomes a part of you on contact, so that if you have masakatsu agatsu, you have aiki and you have created a situation where the opponent does not have any resistance (from you) to use and finds himself being controlled for unexplainable (they are but not to the opponent) reasons.
If you tie all that in to #5, you find that the aiki body skills of being immovable that are tied in to Ueshiba's view of joining with the Universe, you find that he's talking about aiki body skills yet again.
Then in the second section, he dismisses timing and states again, that aiki is a matter of controlling your opponent ... without trying to control him ... aiki focuses on building a strong, budo body where anyone that contacts that body becomes affected and effected. It is then a control without attempting to control. Your opponent becomes part of your intent and movement.
Interview with Ueshiba.
B: Then, in that sense, there is aiki in judo, too, since in judo you synchronize yourself with the rhythm of your opponent. If he pulls, you push; if he pushes, you pull. You move him according to this principle and make him lose his balance and then apply your technique.
O-Sensei: In aikido, there is absolutely no attack. To attack means that the spirit has already lost. We adhere to the principle of absolute non-resistance, that is to say, we do not oppose the attacker. Thus, there is no opponent in aikido. The victory in aikido is masakatsu agatsu (correct victory, self-victory); since you win over everything in accordance with the mission of heaven, you possess absolute strength.
B: Does that mean go no sen? (This term refers to a late response to an attack.)
O-Sensei: Absolutely not. It is not a question of either sensen no sen or sen no sen. If I were to try to verbalize it I would say that you control your opponent without trying to control him. That is, the state of continuous victory. There isn't any question of winning over or losing to an opponent. In this sense, there is no opponent in aikido. Even if you have an opponent, he becomes a part of you, a partner you control only.