Swagnarok wrote:Another possibility is, of course, that Rum himself is responsible for the rumour that he has a glass eye, where in reality both eyes are functional; his enemies wouldn't suspect that a guy with two normal eyes might be Rum.
But that logic only works if Rum takes it for granted that there's a leak in the BO. That's not something they would casually leave be to the point that they have to rely on such cheap tricks.
Rum's enemies don't necessarily have to be outside of the Organisation. Don't forget that Pisco was killed by Gin, Irish was killed by Gin (in movie 13, which I admit isn't canon), Gin was on the verge of killing Vodka once, Gin has attempted to kill Vermouth once, Vermouth pointed a gun at Bourbon, etc. In short, the Black Crows can't really trust each other; it's possible that somebody within the Organisation might hate Rum, or they might seek to take him out in some kind of bid to make his job opening available.
Conan got this tidbit on Rum from former BO agent Sherry, and I doubt that the CIA/FBI knows about the glass eye (I might not be up to date on this). On the other hand, it'd seem that Rum's existence is common knowledge within the BO.
It's also possible that Rum is thinking ahead and making himself a bit more secure in the event of a leak by spreading that rumour. After all, there's been a heck of a lot of those (Shuichi Akai being confirmed, with the possibility of Sherry singing like a canary to the feds, with the remote possibility of Kir being a mole, and with Ethan Hondou and Scotch also being confirmed moles).