In the middle of a reread of A Rising Thunder.
Now, I know no one ever accused the Sollies of long term thinking or general awareness, but Beowulf's been part of the Solarian Alliance since it was formed.
You'd think the Solly politicians and bureaucrats might just have twigged by now to the fact that Beowulf froths at the mouth at the very word 'Mesa', and are not exactly known for their rationality when the subject comes up.
And if Manticore, Beowulf's long term trading partner,
KingdomEmpire all of about 1 day's travel away due to the Beowulf terminus of the Manticore Junction, says to Beowulf "We found out that Mesa is Up To Something. Here's our proof", Beowulf's basic reaction is not going to be "That's nice, we should bring this to the attention of the Solarian League", but more along the lines of "How soon can we wipe these surviving Detweilers off the face of the universe? Here's some military and financial support; how much more would you like?"
Beowulf's reaction to the news should have been anticipated. Even considering the Corrupt Bureaucrats. The actions, loyalty and general make-up of the Beowulf Biological Survey Corps is not exactly a well kept secret.