Artist Courtroom Sketches, Live From Gitmo

June 19, 2013 | Julia Dawidowicz

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — the alleged mastermind behind 9/11 — is currently on trial at Guantanamo Bay. As one might expect, the event is highly guarded, with major limitations on media presence.

Somehow, artist Molly Crabapple finagled her way onto the scene and is publishing her courtroom sketches on Vice.com to prove it. The drawings, along with some quirky real-talk captions, aren’t quite like anything we’ve seen before: The depiction of a high-profile (and highly classified) military affair, as seen by an actual contemporary artist.

The scenes she sketched from within a tiny glass box at Gitmo “were mostly about how the defense can’t properly represent their client because they don’t have access to classified evidence that will be brought against him and that attorney-client privilege is being breached because calls between lawyers and client are recorded.”

Vice promises that there will be more to come. We’ll be waiting.