The conspiracy therefore was not to mislead the American public but to mislead America's enemies. If Rice had gone beyond her unclassified talking points and said that Ansar al-Sharia was suspected to be behind the Benghazi attacks, no doubt she would now be being hounded for the unauthorized disclosure of classified information.
Here's Rice blaming Youtube and a 'spontaneous' protest on Sept. 16th
. You say to protect 'secret' information that Ansar al-Sharia was suspected.
Here's a NYTimes article from Sept 15th
already highlighting Ansar al-Sharia's role in the attack.