Gord May has done an excellent job of summarising a complex situation and I agree with all that he says. I have one point I'd like to expand on. The leaked cable says "that the Foreign Office...has been planning to destroy the islanders’ campaign by making their former home a marine
sanctuary, in which no one would be allowed to live."
It is true that the US Embassy official in London reported that this is what the BIOT Commissioner told him. But he was lied to. While the Marine
Protected Area regulations
do prohibit the islanders from resettlement, these regulations
can easily be changed by simple administrative action by the regulating official, who just happens to be the same BIOT Commissioner quoted in the leaked cable, Colin Roberts.
And of course Roberts can't just do whatever he wants. He works for the Foreign Minister, William Hague, and Hague is responsible to Parliament.
The hopes of the islanders remain with the European Court of Human Rights, whose decision has been postponed several times and is now expected "soon."