WASHINGTON

- Breaking her silence, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton conceded yesterday that she should have used government email and acknowledged she had destroyed tens of thousands of emails in her private account that she described as personal.

In the face of a growing controversy over her use of a private email address and server, Clinton insisted that she had not violated any federal laws or Obama administration rules.

"I fully complied by every rule I was governed by," Clinton said in a 20-minute news conference that marked her first comments on the matter.

Clinton had been sticking to a careful blueprint for the rollout of her 2016 presidential campaign. But as criticism mounted, she decided to address the issue.

- Associated Press