Makes sense but you need to be reasonable to what extent you apply the "bending the facts" approach.
For the statement "hanmi is not taught in Daito-ryu" (assuming it a quote from the Founder) we have Shirata Rinjiro saying
It is possible off course that Shirata is "bending the facts" but do you have a good reason to think that?
It could be that is what he was told, or what he heard from another source (he was friendly with Saito, for example).
The most telling reason to believe that the hanmi statement is not accurate is that hanmi exists in Daito-ryu, although it's not usually used as a starting position (not never, just not usually) - some basic examples appear here: http://youtu.be/M23L0D9XrB0
Really, hanmi is not a mysterious innovation of Morihei Ueshiba, you see it in most Japanese arts. Further, hanmi is, to my mind, peripheral to the main question here - whether or not awase is really the same as aiki.