He cagily noted, “Maybe my answer right now [about recognizing Israel] is completely different to my answer after 10 years.”
Sending in the rocket scout, he had sprung the Solar Guard trap and had cagily scanned the belt for another ship.
"evasive, reticent," 1896, U.S. colloquial, of unknown origin. Earlier in English dialect it meant "sportive."
Shrewd; wary; pawky: a quiet, cagy observer
[1890s+; perhaps fr the expression play a caged game, ''be careful, keep your intentions concealed,'' attested in 1890s]