I am sorry, but I find your conclusions regarding the credence of this anecdote to be more influenced by your own emotional disposition to the matter moreso than upon any evidence pertinent to the actual anecdote itself or the monk who recalled this anecdote.
You concentrate on certain fruits of the outcome to justify the means. I'm sure all of us who have a grasp of reality and basic morality can agree that a means is not necessarily justified by the ends.
The anecdote in question was not brought up as an attack on the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, nor do I have any negative feelings towards her. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church is a genuine and faithful Orthodox Church whose Cup is my Cup, whose Bread is my Bread, whose Faith is my Faith, and whose Life is my Life. I accept and respect her autocephalous status, and the existing relationship between her and my church. However, that does not necessarily mean that it was God's desired will that she pursue autocephaly, which is all that this anecdote would suggest.
Nevertheless, the intention behind my bringing up this anecdote goes no further than it does at a face value reading of my post i.e. my intention was merely to acquire the name of the monk in question so that I can do more research on him. Maybe the anecdote is fundamentally flawed or based on shaky testimony, but I am not inclined to assume so at the stake of the integrity of the monastic who recalled the anecdote for me unless I have substantial and evidence-based reason to.