OTOH, there are stories of Ueshiba Sensei handing out ranks to all sorts of people. Which I see as an indication that he thought "mastery" had more to do with being an enlightened human being than with martial prowess as such. Something to keep in mind when one is inclined to scoff at the less martially-inclined branches of the aikido family tree.
That's true, but those stories are mainly from later on, when he was much less involved in things. My point was that he certainly had some measure of respect for Kenji Tomiki - the promotion was just an illustration of that.
Anyway, we're drifting off topic, my goal was simply to point out that there is an undisputed record of Morihei Ueshiba approving of folks who weren't "pure" in what they were doing.