The editorial board says Snowden is a "whistle-blower" who deserves credit for exposing a surveillance program that has gone too far.
President Obama had been scheduled to meet with Putin during next month's G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia.
"You've got to ask, why did he choose those two?" The intelligence committee chairwoman says.
A majority of Americans -- 53 percent -- now say the Snowden should be charged with a crime for his leaks.